Nutrition and Lifestyle in Pregnancy

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About this course: Nutrition and Lifestyle in Pregnancy offers an overview of the latest research findings and international recommendations on a variety of nutrition-related aspects and outcomes of pregnancy. Ensuring a healthy nutritional status and lifestyle prior to and during pregnancy is one of the best ways to help support the healthy growth and development of the unborn child. We will look at how a healthy diet and lifestyle should ideally be achieved prior to conception and provide recommendations for pre-conception counselling of women. We will also look at the nutritient recommendations for a healthy pregnancy to ensure optimal maternal and fetal outcomes as well as focus on …

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: Nutrition and Lifestyle in Pregnancy offers an overview of the latest research findings and international recommendations on a variety of nutrition-related aspects and outcomes of pregnancy. Ensuring a healthy nutritional status and lifestyle prior to and during pregnancy is one of the best ways to help support the healthy growth and development of the unborn child. We will look at how a healthy diet and lifestyle should ideally be achieved prior to conception and provide recommendations for pre-conception counselling of women. We will also look at the nutritient recommendations for a healthy pregnancy to ensure optimal maternal and fetal outcomes as well as focus on the most common nutrition-related pregnancy complications; obesity and gestational diabetes. The learner will have the opportunity to delve into the cutting-edge world of epigenetic and metabolomic research and appreciate the enormous role that these programming effects have in long-term health and disease outcomes. Finally, we offer real life, everyday situations and questions from pregnant women to aid healthcare professionals in the nutrition-based counselling of pregnant women and their families. In addition to the English original, subtitles in Portugese language are available now!

Who is this class for: The foundation of this course is based strongly on current scientific findings and leading international recommendations. The primary target audience is healthcare professionals (gynecologists, obstetricians, paediatricians, nutritionists, dieticians as well as nurses and midwives) and medical students. Despite the emphasis on current research this course may also be suitable for pregnant women and their families, or those wishing to become pregnant.

Created by:  Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)
  • Taught by:  Berthold Koletzko, Professor of Pediatrics

    LMU Medical Center Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital
Level Intermediate Language English, Subtitles: Portuguese (Brazilian) How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.7 stars Average User Rating 4.7See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Unit 1 - A Healthy Pregnancy Starts Before Conception



In this Unit we detail what nutrition and lifestyle changes should be considered and already implemented prior to conception and emphasis the important role that a healthy BMI and sufficient folate status play in providing the unborn child with the best start possible.


4 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: Course Introduction: Nutrition and Lifestyle in Pregnancy
  2. Video: Introduction: A Healthy Pregnancy Starts Before Conception
  3. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification
  4. Video: Body Weight: Preparing For Pregnancy
  5. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification
  6. Video: Folic Acid: Preparing for Pregnancy
  7. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification

Graded: Unit 1

WEEK 2


Unit 2 - Nutrition and Lifestyle for a Healthy Pregnancy



The learner will gain an insight into the current nutrition-related recommendations for healthy pregnancies. We will look at the maternal physiological and metabolic adaptions that occur during pregnancy and what these play in supporting pregnancy and altering nutrient requirements. We will then focus on the changing macro- and micro-nutrient requirements during pregnancy and what outcomes these can have on both the mother and unborn child. Finally, we will focus on food-bourne illnesses and what foods and beverages or lifestyle activities to avoid during pregnancy.


8 videos, 4 readings expand


  1. Video: Introduction: Nutrition and Lifestyle for a Healthy Pregnancy
  2. Video: Physiological Adaptations of Pregnancy
  3. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification
  4. Video: Metabolic Adaptations of Pregnancy
  5. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification
  6. Video: Nutrition in Pregnancy: Macronutrients
  7. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification
  8. Video: Nutrition in Pregnancy: Micronutrients
  9. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification
  10. Video: Expert Statement Prof Przyrembel: Regulation of Food Supplements
  11. Video: Nutritional Restrictions During Pregnancy
  12. Video: Avoidance of Food-Bourne Illnesses

Graded: Unit 2

WEEK 3


Unit 3 - Nutrition-Related Pregnancy Outcomes



The focus of this unit is the two most common nutrition-related pregnancy complications: obesity and gestational diabetes mellitus. Based on the latest scientific findings the learner will gain an in-depth knowledge of the risk factors, outcomes and recommendations associated with these pregnancy complications to better manage and counsel pregnant women and improve infant outcomes.


5 videos, 5 readings expand


  1. Video: Introduction: Nutrition-Related Pregnancy Outcomes
  2. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification
  3. Video: Obesity: Management During Pregnancy
  4. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification
  5. Video: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Management During Pregnancy
  6. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification
  7. Video: Early Nutritional Programming: Is Epigenetics the Key?
  8. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification
  9. Video: The Biochemistry of Your Body From a Drop of Blood
  10. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification

Graded: Unit 3

WEEK 4


Unit 4 - Practical Advice for a Healthy Pregnancy



Learners will apply the knowledge gained in the previous lessons to real-life clinical scenarios. Pregnant women pose common questions related to nutrition and lifestyle during pregnancy and experts in the area of early nutrition offer comprehensive, scientific-based answers to aid healthcare professionals in their day-to-day interactions with pregnant women and those wishing to become pregnant.


6 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: Introduction: Practical Advice for a Healthy Pregnancy
  2. Video: Why Pregnant Women Should be Eating Fish
  3. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification
  4. Video: Physical Activity Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy
  5. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification
  6. Video: Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy
  7. Reading: Reference List and Further Qualification
  8. Video: Planning for Infant Feeding
  9. Video: Nutrition in Pregnancy: Fact or Fiction?

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