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Today's Mom

Nutrition Education for Moms-to-Be

Today's Mom is a nutrition education program for moms-to-be. Today’s Mom was originally developed in 1987 as a nutritional approach to combat infant mortality in Alabama, which had the highest rate in the nation at the time. The leading contributor to infant mortality is low baby birth weight of less than 5 pounds. Today’s Mom teaches moms-to-be nutrition along with healthy lifestyle choices to help ensure successful birth outcomes. Eating well can help moms-to-be have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. In conjunction with diet, physical activity can help them have a more comfortable pregnancy and easier delivery. Today’s Mom aims to improve the dietary and physical activity habits of moms-to-be in ways that are sustainable before, during, and after pregnancy.

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Today’s Mom is comprised of a series of six lessons, each containing clearly stated goals. Each lesson consists of verbal and written instructions along with interactive activities designed to help moms-to-be learn to make healthy diet and physical activity choices for themselves and their babies. Today’s Mom lessons are designed for ease of preparation and implementation. Lessons are scripted to make delivery easy. Accompanying materials reinforce lesson concepts and make learning about healthy eating simple and fun. Each lesson includes hands-on activities, recipes, and more. Activities reinforce concepts in ways that are fun and interactive.

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The six lesson themes build upon each other to provide moms-to-be with a comprehensive understanding of how to care for themselves and their babies pre- and postnatal.

Lessons:

Goals:

Lesson 1: Hello Baby

  • relief for common pregnancy discomforts
  • how Baby grows from month to month
  • local community resources that may offer assistance
  • importance of physical activity when pregnant
Lesson 2: Building Baby
  • healthy eating for you and your baby
  • importance of the morning meal
  • healthy weight gain during pregnancy
  • importance of relaxation techniques when pregnant and during labor
Lesson 3: Feeding Baby
  • importance of reading food labels
  • special nutrient needs during pregnancy
  • importance of relaxation techniques
Lesson 4: Fun in the Kitchen with Baby
  • food safety for you and your baby
  • rapid growth of bacteria
  • substances that can be harmful, especially during pregnancy
  • easy menu planning
  • importance of the Kegel exercise
Lesson 5: On the Run with Baby
  • making healthy food choices at fast food restaurants
  • selecting low-fat foods
  • keeping active throughout pregnancy
Lesson 6: Welcome Home Baby
  • feeding Baby
  • appropriate physical activity

All materials used in the lessons follow the most current food recommendations and standards of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the United States Department of Agriculture.

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For more information on Today's Mom please contact:
Stephanie W. Helms
Curriculum Specialist
(334) 222-1125
woodysb@aces.edu