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Nutrition & Lifestyle in Pregnancy

Women who plan to have a child should keep an eye on their diets even before they become pregnant: Our new online course elucidates the impact of the expectant mother’s nutrition and lifestyle on the health of the child. Together we can work to change the health outcomes of children around the world!

"What aspects of my lifestyle and behavior should I keep a close eye on during pregnancy? What am I allowed to eat? What about physical exercise and sporting activities?" These are frequent questions doctors and midwives hear. Our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provides answers to these and many other questions relating to diet and nutrition during pregnancy. The course is intended primarily for doctors and midwives who are constantly confronted with questions like these, but medical students and other interested parties can also profit from it.

The aims of the new online course from LMU (Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich) are

  • to inform participants about the very significant impact that early nutrition has on health in later life, and
  • to enable them to advise expectant mothers and those who are planning to have a child on the steps to be taken during pregnancy in this regard. The course is made up of four modules that deal with popular misconceptions in relation to early nutrition, the novel nutritional demands that arise in association with pregnancy, as well as the latest research findings in the field of early nutrition, and their practical implications.

The new LMU MOOC on “Nutrition & Lifestyle in Pregnancy” brings together the fruits of the latest research in the field. In addition to Professor Berthold Koletzko (Head of the Division of Metabolism and Nutrition at Dr. von Hauner’s Children’s Hospital, which is part of the LMU Medical Center) these experts have developed parts of the course content: