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Optimizing Perinatal Nutrition to Support Birth, Recovery, and Maternal Mental Health

by Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC
  • Duration: 1439 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
  • Handout: No

The perinatal period, including pregnancy and postpartum, is a unique time in a woman's life that presents with increased nutritional needs. A majority of women may find it more challenging to meet increased nutritional needs due to the overwhelming demands and stressors that are associated with this time period. Risks of inadequate nutrition during the perinatal period can include prolonged healing and increased risk of maternal mental health disorders, including postpartum depression. Perinatal health professionals can play a crucial role in helping women optimize their nutritional needs during pregnancy and postpartum to support birth, recovery and improve maternal mental health outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Recite the specific and major nutrient needs that women have during pregnancy, postpartum and lactation;

Objective 2: Describe the unique challenges that perinatal women may face in regards to meeting their nutrient needs, as well as the associated and potential consequences;

Objective 3: Demonstrate how to better support overall nutrient needs for mothers by including nutrition as part of a perinatal treatment plan

Categories: Midwifery
Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks