Nutrition for Women, Part 1 - RD106

Nutrition for Women, Part 1

Reproductive Health

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD and Susan McQuillan, MS, RD
RD106
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This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (10.00 CPEU)

Summary:

The course will be discontinued on June 28, 2019. Please plan to finish the course by June 27 if you wish to earn credit.

As a pregnant woman’s body changes, so do her nutritional needs. Timely assessment of a woman’s nutritional status can help ensure appropriate weight gain throughout her pregnancy and reduce risk factors for diet-related complications. Many nutritional risk factors for poor maternal and fetal outcomes can be addressed with early intervention involving simple lifestyle changes, such as adding specific types of foods to the diet or eliminating others. While broad nutritional guidelines are available to pregnant women from a variety of professional sources, compliance with a healthy diet is most likely ensured when a woman follows her own individualized meal plans that are balanced out with foods she will actually eat. 

Objectives:

The goal of this pregnancy and nutrition continuing education module is to teach healthcare professionals how to improve pregnancy outcomes by instructing pregnant women on proper weight gain and diet during pregnancy. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Recognize risk factors associated with poor pregnancy outcome.
  • Discuss the effect of the nutritional status of pregnant women on pregnancy outcome.
  • List three factors that influence the nutritional status of a pregnant woman.
  • Discuss the relationship of fetal development to nutrient requirements, by trimester.
  • Identify the proper weight gain for the pregnant woman who, at conception, is a normal weight, underweight or overweight.
  • Plot the weight gain of a pregnant woman on a prenatal weight gain grid.
  • List the current intake recommendations during pregnancy for calories, protein, sodium, iron, folic acid, zinc and calcium.
  • Determine a plan of nutrient supplementation for a pregnant woman who, prior to pregnancy, is well nourished, poorly nourished or anemic.
  • Analyze the diet of a pregnant woman, using a food frequency form, to determine if it meets the dietary recommendations for pregnancy.
  • Recommend three solutions for the common complaints of pregnancy: nausea, vomiting, heartburn and constipation.
  • Design a diet for a woman with gestational diabetes that has the appropriate number and distribution of calories.
  • Explain the current treatment for preeclampsia and its rationale.
  • Explain the effects of maternal cigarette smoking on the fetus and pregnancy outcome.
  • Identify safe levels of consumption of caffeine and alcohol for the pregnant woman.
  • Discuss the roles of omega-3 fatty acids in fetal development and pregnancy outcome, and list four sources in the diet.
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Accreditation Information
 
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
 
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
 
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at cedirect.continuingeducation.com and search for this topic title.
 
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This course is a Level 2 course. Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 3000, 4000, 4180, 5310 with performance indicator 4.1.1. 
 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).