Physiological Changes Alter Nutrient Needs During Pregnancy - JA0008057-0000-20-045-H04-P

Physiological Changes Alter Nutrient Needs During Pregnancy

by Anne M. Danahy, MS, RDN
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This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy (2.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50


During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many physiological changes. These changes and their nutrition implications must be understood in order to provide the best nutritional care to pregnant women. A woman’s organ systems function differently during pregnancy. Metabolic changes in the mother and the nutrient needs of the growing fetus affect maternal nutrient needs. The placenta plays an important role in ensuring adequate nutrient transfer between mother and fetus. The supply of nutrients regulates growth factors which are necessary for fetal growth. In recent years, the essential omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA have been shown to be critical for brain and nervous-system function during fetal development. Ensuring an adequate supply becomes even more essential during pregnancy.


The goal of this pregnancy and nutrition continuing education course is to provide dietitians, health educators, and pharmacists with information on how nutrient needs are altered during pregnancy due to the physiological changes that occur. After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Define the physiological changes that occur during pregnancy.
  • Explain how these physiological changes alter nutrient needs during pregnancy.
  • Discuss how omega-3 fatty acids affect both the mother and developing fetus and identify good food sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators and pharmacists.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 4/3/2020; Planned Expiration Date: 12/31/2020

Course Originally Released on: 3/5/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/24/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2020

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.

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Price: $39.00
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