Nutritional Assessment For Maternal Nutrition

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Nutrition is the hallmark and determinant of development and growth in all organisms, and it is all the more paramount during the gestational period when new life is about to born. During gestation, maternal nutrition plays a direct, pivotal role in fetal growth; maintaining proper nourishment for the mother is not only vital for the overall health of the mother in anticipation of delivery, but also in the regulation and development of the fetus, which in turn determines the offspring’s long-term health and condition. With adequate available nutrition, the fetus can subsequently attain its growth potential and be born at an appropriate birth weight and in good health. Undernourished pregnant mothers, however, are at higher risk of contracting illnesses during pregnancy and experiencing poor labor outcomes, which could lead to chronic adult diseases being developed later on in the offspring (Calkins & Devaskar, 2011). As such, it is crucial that we as nurses make strides in improving the nutritional assessment of pregnant women as well as the integration of nutrition-specific interventions for them during the preconception period to ensure a healthy fetal delivery and minimize the risk of lifelong adult morbidities in the offspring down the road. Undernutrition in pregnant women stems from various socioeconomic and knowledge deficiencies. Very often, it is observed in underdeveloped countries where low socioeconomic status is a barrier to both adequate nutritional supplementation and informal education regarding said nutrition. As previously emphasized, fetal growth and development is largely determined by a mother’s ability to nourish her fetus, which in turn is dictated by the maternal diet. Deficiencies in essential nutrients, ... ... middle of paper ... ...c interventions such as fortified foods, and patient education about maternal health during pregnancy to prevent life-long illnesses. The findings behind the neverending research regarding maternal and fetal health during pregnancy are ones that greatly impact the foreseen lives of not only In conclusion, we have learned much about how nutrition affects both mother and fetus along with potential abnormality risks. This topic allowed us a chance to identify and continue seeking improvement for the good of the mother and children of the world. From these journals, we can learn more of utilizing evidence-based practice and how to integrate it into a cost-effective method that could benefit the public. Thus, the overall lesson learned was how to strive to find better ways to help the vulnerable population and how to possibly a way to help improve nutrition in the world.

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