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Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy

Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy

“ …so this affects everybody, not even low income, not even only just low income households, but there's a lot of just misconceptions about what's appropriate to feed [a] baby. And then once you learn what is appropriate for feeding [a] baby, there's just confusion about how to do it, how to advance, how quickly to advance textures. What is a normal varied diet for babies? And things like that. “

Dr. Widen will be discussing some of the obstacles pregnant people face when they are unable to access nutritional foods and how it affects the baby during pregnancy and after. We will also be talking about the different kinds of programs that can be created to help educate pregnant people in low-income communities.


Beth Widen, PhD, RD is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. In her research, she develops and applies advanced analytic methods and interdisciplinary approaches to improve nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life (which is conception to age 2) in relation to short and long-term health of pregnant people and their children.

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