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The COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic impacts are likely to disproportionately impact the diets, and nutrition practices and services for women. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are periods of nutritional vulnerability when nutrient needs of a woman increase, to meet physiological requirements, sustain fetal growth and development and protect the health of the mother while breastfeeding. To support decision-makers and implementers on how to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, a series of guidance briefs are produced and periodically updated as new information and evidence emerge. This brief provides interim programmatic guidance on actions to protect the diets and nutrition services and practices of pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers (henceforth referred to as ‘women’). Disseminating this guidance and documenting emerging evidence and lessons learned will be key to implementing the most appropriate and effective responses in the face of this pandemic. Click here to read the document.