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This is a video abstract of the expert opinion paper “Nutrition in pregnancy: the argument for including a source of choline” published in the open access International Journal of Women’s Health by Dr. Steven H. Zeisel, co-director of the UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center.

Abstract: Women, during pregnancy and lactation, should eat foods that contain adequate amounts of choline. A mother delivers large amounts of choline across the placenta to the fetus, and after birth she delivers large amounts of choline in milk to the infant; this greatly increases the demand on the choline stores of the mother.

Read the full expert opinion paper online on Dove Medical Press.


  • Zeisel SH. Nutrition in pregnancy: the argument for including a source of choline. Int J Womens Health. 2013 Apr 22;5:193-9. PMID: 23637565; PMCID: PMC3639110.

Research Details

  • Research Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Featured NORC Member(s): Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD, Professor of Nutrition
  • Center Contribution: The Metabolic Molecular Phenotyping Core in Kannapolis provided assistance with choline analysis for this study.

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