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Nutrition and lifestyle during pregnancy

München, 03/20/2017

Women who plan to have a child should keep an eye on their diets even before they become pregnant: A new LMU online course elucidates the impact of the expectant mother’s nutrition and lifestyle on the health of the child.

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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? The latest in LMU‘s roster of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) 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,” says Dr. Brigitte Brands, who is closely involved in the project “Early Nutrition” and in the Early Nutrition eAcademy (ENeA), both of which have contributed to the development of the MOOC.

The aims of the new online course from LMU are (i) to inform participants about the very significant impact that early nutrition has on health in later life, and (ii) 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) and Dr. Irene Alba (Consultant Physician at the Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics on LMU’s Downtown Medical Campus), Professors Keith Godfrey (University of Southampton, UK), Lucilla Poston (King’s College London) and Hildegard Przyrembel (German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) have developed parts of the course content.

LMU has been providing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as a novel form of collaborative learning on the Coursera platform since 2103. In response to the level of demand, two of these MOOCs are also available in Chinese. The seminars are open to all those interested in the relevant field and are accessible worldwide – admission is open and free of charge.