Elizabeth Widen, RD, is a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition at The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC.
Prenatal Nutrition: A Practical Guide for Assessment and Counseling
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2011
2010 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 55, Issue 6, pages 540–549, November-December 2010
How to Cite
Widen, E. and Siega-Riz, A. M. (2010), Prenatal Nutrition: A Practical Guide for Assessment and Counseling. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 55: 540–549. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2010.06.017
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2011
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Adequate nutrition during the periconceptional and prenatal periods is important for healthy pregnancy outcomes. By enhancing maternal nutritional status, health care providers can help pregnant women lower their risk of certain pregnancy complications and decrease their children's risk of adverse birth outcomes and later chronic disease. Use of evidence-based tools and recommendations will assist in the assessment of pregnant women's diets and streamline the counseling session to optimize their nutritional status. This article contains a review of the literature related to nutrition intervention studies during pregnancy that were designed to improve habits or achieve target weight gains and nutrition recommendations specific for the pregnancy state, as well as tools/resources for the health care provider for implementation of these recommendations into their busy practices.