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In this training nurses/attendees will learn what the nutritional and exercise recommendations are to promote a healthy pregnancy. Attendees will learn common food and nutrition sources, what foods to avoid and web-based solutions/suggestions to overcome nutrition barriers. Attendees will learn common risks to healthy pregnancy including smoking, snuff use, drug or alcohol use, or STI’s. Most importantly, attendees will learn strategies to promote dynamic discussions and building action plans with clients about recommendations for a healthy pregnancy.

CA BON provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for one contact hour.



  1. The participant can verbalize nutritionally and exercise recommendations for a healthy pregnancy.
  2. The participant can verbalize risks to a healthy pregnancy.
  3. The participant can verbalize strategies to discuss recommendations for a healthy pregnancy and ways to reduce risk and barriers to a healthy pregnancy with clients.



Outline - Healthy Pregnancy

  1. Nutrition-macro and micronutrient guidelines offer health for mom & baby while in utero, give mom more energy for increasing energy needs, prevent childhood behavior issues, but also to set up the baby for a healthy adult life thru chronic disease prevention
  2. Recommended nutritional guidelines-
  3. Macronutrients
  4. Micronutrients.  
    1. Common nutrition (food) sources (foods people will actually eat vs telling them to eat cod fish oil)
      1. Dairy-protein & calcium plus phosporus, various b vitamins, magnesium and zinc. Milk, Greek yogurt (probiotic bacteria),
      2. Legumes -protein, fiber, iron, folate, and calcium. Lentils, beans, peas, chickpeas, soybeans, and peanuts.
      3. Rainbow: Orange and bright colored produce - betacarotine/vitamin A sweet potatoes (fiber), carrots, squash, cantalope, apricots, spinach & kale. Berries of all variety.
      4. Avocados - fruit, monounsturated fatty acids, high in potassium, copper, vit e & C. high content of healthy fats, folate great choice.
      5. Salmon - rich in omega 3 acids & vita D (brain development) * limit to 2-3 meals a week due to mercury and other contaminants. Encourage talking to care provider.
      6. Eggs - choline,
      7. Brocolli and dark, leafy greens (vitamins: C, K, A, calcium, iron, folate, potassium) antioxidants, fiber,
      8. Lean meats - beef, pork and chicken, for iron, choline, other vit b vitamins, (not processed). (make slide chart)
      9. Whole grains fiber, vitamins and protein, vit b, magnesium. (50/50 with goal to get to 80/20 whole grains) oats, quinoa, brown rice
      10. Dried fruit good for snacks - watch portions.
      11. Water
      12. Healthy fats olive oil, chia seeds, flaxseed, pumpkin & sunflower seeds
    2. Foods to avoid
      1. Raw meat & shellfish (sushi) oysters, mussels, and clams. Undercooked pork & poultry. Toxoplasmosis or salmonella.
      2. Deli meat-listeria
      3. Fish with high mercury - shark, king, mackerel, swordfish, tilefish (big fish). Canned chunk tuna ok sparingly - talk to dr.
      4. Smoked seafood (lox, kippered fish, jerky (listeria)
      5. Raw eggs foods that contain raw eggs: condiments and sauces, custards
      6. Soft cheeses (brie, gorgonzola & feta, queso blanco and queso fresco.
      7. Unpasteurized dairy
      8. Caffeine
      9. Sugar, refined flour foods, high sodium (junk, processed, and fast food)
      10. Soda
    3. Things to avoid
      1. Paint fumes
      2. Some medications
      3. Stilettos
      4. Hot tubs or sauna
      5. Kitty litter - toxoplasmosis
      6. Second-hand smoke 4000 chemicals in second smoke
      7. Sit & stand too long
      8. Believing everything you read
    4. Nutrition barriers/web resources
      1. Protein, Iron, Calcium and Folate (Red meat, legumes, milk, eggs, rainbow of produce). What’s on sale at store?
  1. Exercise
    1. Light to moderate activity - 30 minutes a day/ walking
    2. Helps maintain proper weight, reduce backaches, leg cramps, and bloating
    3. Reduces the risk of gestational diabetes
    4. Tips: choose low-risk injury activities, drink fluids before, during & after, wear comfortable clothing and especially bras.
    5. Stop exercising if feel dizzy, short of breath, tired, or sick to the stomach
    6. Restrictions-some restrictions as pregnancy progress especially with high contact/jarring sports. Risks to the healthy pregnancy
  2. Risks
    1. Smoking - cessation is best cold turkey due to toxic chemicals in patches and gum
    2. Snuff use - not recommended (see article)
    3. Drug use -
    4. Alcohol use - A review of the literature revealed a risk of cognitive and behavior problems in children whose mothers regularly drank more than 2 standards units per day. 4/per day linked to risk of early neonatal death. Not conclusive on a safe amount, and just not recommended.
    5. STI’s (see articles)
  3. Strategies for client discussion and building action plan
    1. Safety and security
    2. Level of acceptance/connection to baby
    3. Food & financial security (access)
    4. Knowledge and understanding capacity
    5. ‘Tell me like I’m 5’
    7. Confidence level
    8. Support barriers with resources as much as possible



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