Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Prenatal Nutrition Quicknotes: From Preconception to Breastfeeding
by Ayala, Heather M., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 56; 10978114
Abstract (Summary)

Nutrition prior to and during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, plays an integral role in maternal and infant health outcomes. Information regarding nutrient needs during this stage of life is widely available, and yet the eating habits of many women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding do not meet current recommendations. The purpose of this directed project was to develop a Quicknotes-style reference guide of prenatal nutrition recommendations for health professionals, women who are pregnant or who are planning on becoming pregnant, women who are breastfeeding, and anyone else interested in learning more about prenatal nutrition. Specifically, this project outlines the key nutrients necessary to maximize the nutrition status of mothers and infants prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding, presented in a format designed to maximize learning and compliance.

The Quicknotes-styled reference presents the research in three main sections: preconception, prenatal, and postnatal/breastfeeding. The prenatal section is segmented roughly between the three trimesters of pregnancy, with special portions highlighting substances that are harmful to pregnant women and/or developing fetuses, and weight guidelines. Each main section includes nutrients of focus, including real foods and the amounts of those nutrients contained in them, weight guidelines, and colorful and engaging graphics.

An expert panel reviewed the program and provided feedback and recommendations for revisions. Revisions that were made in relation to the feedback received included adding more real-food examples of important nutrients, modifying language to an appropriate reading level, and examples of equations presented. The brochure was not officially published and tested for the market audience, but may be in the future.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gray, Virginia
Commitee: Barcenas, Marisela, Devine, Wendy
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Obstetrics, Nutrition
Keywords: Breastfeeding, Fertility, Nutrition, Pregnancy, Prenatal
Publication Number: 10978114
ISBN: 978-0-438-89350-4
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