Twenty thousand girls a day below age 18 become pregnant in developing countries. Adolescence, a period of catch-up growth, involves a higher need for macro- and micronutrients in the growth process. Gross paucity of data exists concerning dietary practices and nutrient intakes among pregnant adolescent girls in developing countries. Childbearing during adolescence hampers both the post-menarcheal linear and the ponderal growth of the young girls and has adverse effects on birth outcomes. Strategies to identify undernourished girls, delay marriage, and prevent early and frequent pregnancies until adult height is reached are critical, alongside other multisectoral reproductive nutrition and health programs. Nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions, along with access to adolescent-friendly services that adopt a lifecycle approach will help improve nutritional status.
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