Preexisting Diabetes in Pregnancy
This continuing education course identifies the unique challenges, and examines the nutritional needs, of women with preexisting diabetes who become pregnant. Much of the focus on diabetes and pregnancy has been on women with gestational diabetes; however, women with preexisting diabetes present with different challenges and require a distinct approach. This course uses current evidence-based practice to provide diet, weight, and physical activity recommendations for RDs to support their role as active members of the health care team treating women with preexisting diabetes who become pregnant.
Course content was published as the CPE Monthly in the November/December edition of Today’s Dietitian.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be able to:
1. Explain how physiological changes that occur as a result of pregnancy can affect blood glucose management in women with preexisting diabetes.
2. Select and interpret the correct methods of blood glucose monitoring during pregnancy.
3. State the principles of MNT for pregnant women with preexisting diabetes.
4. Calculate the correct nutrient needs for women with preexisting diabetes, including calories, protein, and carbohydrate.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of current recommendations for weight gain and physical activity during pregnancy.
Diana Fischmann Orenstein, MS, MSEd, RD, LDN, CNSC, a Boston-based dietitian whose private practice, Fresh Start Women’s Nutrition (www.fswomensnutrition.com), specializes in nutritional counseling for women’s health through the lifespan.
The author has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflicts of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR