Protein plays a vital role in embryonic development, but its excessive intake can also lead to birth deformities.
Abdulraheem Muslimu, an obstetric gynaecologist in Bauchi, on Friday, said excessive protein intake during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage.
According to the medical doctor, excess protein increases toxic ammonia production in a pregnant woman’s body.
Mr Muslimu of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi (ATBUTH), said, “Protein plays a vital role in embryonic development, but its excessive intake can also lead to birth deformities.
“Ammonia toxicity decreases embryonic and fetal survival, growth and development,” stated the gynaecologist, stressing that research had shown that the recommended daily alliance (RDA) for protein intake during pregnancy is between 60g and 70g.
He advised pregnant women to always seek dietary plans from nutritionists and regularly attend ante-natal clinics for early detection of any complications.
The expert also encouraged spousal support during and after pregnancy in accessing quality care to reduce the burden of maternal and child complications.