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Great Expectations: The importance of optimal maternal metabolic health during gestation

Webinar //


Nov 15 2017, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST


Join the American Public Health Association, the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, and the Tulane Prevention Research Center for a webinar and interactive discussion.

Listen to the recorded webinar.

View the webinar slides (PDF): Introduction, Overview of Objectives, Objective 1, Objective 2, Objective 3, Summary and Conclusions

About the Webinar:

The association of excess weight gain and obesity on adverse outcomes for both mother and child are well known. And while attempts have been made to limit weight gain during pregnancy with strong evidence-based recommendations sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, only 30 percent of women achieve optimal levels of weight change during pregnancy. Pregnancy represents an opportune time for weight management — prenatal visits are opportunities for review of weight and implementation of behavior change. This webinar will review several recent studies of intervention during pregnancy, their efficacy and safety outcomes. Future directions for this research focus will also be discussed. The challenge of effective weight management during this critical developmental period is one that must be met because it offers the potential to affect the metabolic health of future generations. Existing national programs such as Women Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program offer unprecedented opportunity to improve health of mothers, their offspring and future generations.

Attendees will learn to:

  1. Discuss the prevalence of obesity and of excessive weight gain during pregnancy and their impact on maternal (gestational diabetes, caesarean rates, maternal complications) and child health (infant size at birth, obesity and diabetes in childhood and adulthood);
  2. Describe the current recommendations for optimal weight gain during pregnancy;
  3. Discuss the evidence for safety and efficacy of weight-directed interventions to prevent excess weight gain during pregnancy.

Questions? Contact Naomi King Englar.

The Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under grant number T76MC04927 and title Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program. The Tulane PRC is a member of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers Program, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, under cooperative agreement #U48DP005050. The information or views, content and conclusions in this webinar are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. government.