The most important controllable factors in pregnancy outcome are prenatal medical care and adequate nutrition during pregnancy. The health and eating habits of the mother directly affect the fetus and the pregnancy’s outcome. In a country such as the United States where the food supply is plentiful and women should be well nourished, it is disheartening to realize that malnutrition and poor eating habits lead to maternal, fetal and neonatal complications. Not only are there short-term complications but later-in-life chronic diseases may be experienced by the baby based on the mother’s prenatal diet and its impact on the mother and the baby’s epigenetics. Learn what nutrients are necessary for a healthy pregnancy.
The goal of this pregnancy outcome and nutritional status module is to provide dietitians, health educators and nurses with information about factors that may affect pregnancy outcome. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify risk factors for poor pregnancy outcome
- Discuss how nutrition affects pregnancy outcome
- Explain epigenetics and how it may be influenced by nutrition status
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators and nurses.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.