Importance of Nutritional Status in Pregnancy Outcomes  - RD47

Importance of Nutritional Status in Pregnancy Outcomes

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD and Margaret Wertheim Eich, MS, RDN, CD
(4.2 / 69 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
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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

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators and nurses.
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 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.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2000, 2050, 3000, 3020, 4000, 4130, 5000, 5310 and performance indicators of 8.1.2, 8.1.4, 8.3.6, 10.2.7, 12.2.1, 12.4.6.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

Course Originally Released on: 6/20/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/16/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/16/2019

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.

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Jennifer R - Mansfield, TX  ·  Aug 23, 2018
This is a good review of how important nutrition prior to conceiving is.
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Susan R - Arlington, TX  ·  Aug 21, 2018
good overall review of maternal nutrition
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Whitney M - Mountain View, HI  ·  Jul 20, 2018
Good overview of information, but was hoping for a bit more details, recommendations, etc.
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CHRISTINA I - POMONA, CA  ·  Jun 02, 2018
I felt that some information was lacking. too basic
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Erin B - Tampa, FL  ·  Mar 05, 2018
Great info about nutrition and pregnancy outcomes. It would be nice to have some audio along with written info to address various types of learners.
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Price: $20.00
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