Pregnancy represents an ideal time for health promotion activities. Many women, including adolescents, are interested and willing to change health behaviors to improve the chance that they will deliver a healthy infant. This paper focuses on improving nutrition in pregnant adolescents. Seven recommendations are presented to help achieve this goal: 1 Focus on foods, not nutrients; 2 individualize and work within the pregnant adolescent's current eating habits; 3 consider the context of family and peer groups; 4 reward efforts; 5 make it easy; 6 focus on weight gain patterns for optimal birth outcomes; and 7 refer to a dietician, as needed. Use of these recommendations comprehensively addresses adolescent developmental needs to improve nutrition during pregnancy.
Maternal, Infant, Young Child, and Adolescent Nutrition
Improving Nutrition in Pregnant Adolescents: Recommendations for Clinical Practitioners
Jump to navigation. When it comes to malnutrition, low and medium income countries LMIC are increasingly facing a double burden. While rates of undernutrition among women and children remain high, countries are also experiencing a rise in obesity. We take a much broader view by assessing the socio-cultural conditions that are too often overlooked, but essential to sustain improved nutritional outcomes. The evidence is clear, especially when it comes to breastfeeding.
Are Parents of Young Children Practicing Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Behaviors?
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Nutritional experiences in early life can have long-lasting consequences. To encourage the adoption of healthy eating habits, this topic explains the usual development of eating habits and how to distinguish common and often temporary eating problems from chronic disorders. Feeding is a primary event in the life of an infant and young child. It is the focus of attention for parents and other caregivers, and a source of social interaction through verbal and non-verbal communication.