Importance of Nutritional Status in Pregnancy Outcomes  - CHES47

Importance of Nutritional Status in Pregnancy Outcomes

by Lauren Manaker, MS, RD, LD, CLEC
(4.0 / 22 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.00 CECH)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


The most important controllable factors in pregnancy outcomes 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, women should be well nourished. It’s disheartening to realize that malnutrition and poor eating habits still lead to maternal, fetal, and neonatal complications. Not only are there short-term complications for maternal health, but the child may experience chronic diseases later in life 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 and why nutrition should be a focus for preconception and prenatal care.


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 outcomes. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify at least five risk factors for poor pregnancy outcomes.
  • Discuss how nutrition affects pregnancy outcomes.
  • Explain epigenetics and how nutrition status may influence it.

Accreditation Information
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.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, 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.

Course Originally Released on: 6/20/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/5/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/5/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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SHEILA W - buford, GA  ·  Apr 11, 2019
great information I will be able to use in teaching Childbirth classes
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Carole W - VIRGINIA BEACH, VA  ·  Aug 04, 2017
answers not provided in material for some questions
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Lauren B - Long Beach, CA  ·  Nov 09, 2016
important information about nutrition during pregnancy.
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Lisa H - Los Angeles, CA  ·  Feb 19, 2014
It was boring... and not presented in a memorable way.
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Katie O - Baltimore, MD  ·  Dec 03, 2013
This course gives background on how nutrition effects pregnancy but provides very little information that can be used in educating women about proper nutrition during pregnancy.
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00