Nutrition Practitioner’s Perspective Of The Nutrition Knowledge And Behaviors Of Pregnant Patients

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Sydney Nicole Van Scyoc (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Danielle Nunnery

Abstract: Women are more aware of nutrition during pregnancy, but what nutrition information do they receive from their healthcare team and is it effectively delivered? The objective of this study was to assess these questions from the lenses of nutrition professionals who provide nutrition education to this vulnerable population. North Carolina nutrition professionals (N=73) working with pregnant women completed an online survey about their provision of nutrition services to pregnant clients. Respondents reported their clients both need and request information on general healthy nutrition for pregnancy and lactation, and appropriate weight gain. Cost and lack of time to cook were perceived as influential barriers facing pregnant women who want to make dietary changes. Pamphlets, posters, texting and telehealth counseling were cited as feasible education materials for practitioner use. Educational interventions designed for rural pregnant women should teach general healthy nutrition and appropriate weight gain while providing guidance on time and cost-efficient approaches. When possible, delivering information through technology could be an effective, convenient way for nutrition professionals to engage clients.

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Van Scyoc, S. (2020). Nutrition Practitioner’s Perspective Of The Nutrition Knowledge And Behaviors Of Pregnant Patients. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2020
Pregnancy nutrition, nutrition education, pregnant women, nutrition education for pregnancy

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