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Birth, Eating and the Microbiota

by Mary Regan, PhD, RN
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP
  • Handout: Yes

Emerging research about the role of the gastro intestinal microbiota (GI) and host physiology provides mechanistic understanding that elucidates the relationship between diet and preterm birth (PTB). This presentation evaluates the current evidence about those relationships ( diet, the vaginal and GI microbiota and PTB). The studies that taken together suggest that diet modulates changes in the composition, stability and diversity of the vaginal and GI microbiota, resulting in microbial states that increase the likelihood of PTB. Understanding the critical role that diet, the vaginal and GI microbiota plays in PTB is essential for developing clinical interventions that leverage the capacity of the microbiota to optimize health outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Explain the meaning of the specific terms used to describe and measure the microbiota
Objective 2: Articulate the role that the microbiota plays in shaping human physiology in general as it relates to pregnancy and birth
Objective 3: Describe the relationship between diet and the GI microbiota and its importance to health outcomes

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