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The Today’s Mom program provides nutrition education to limited-resource moms-to-be, while contributing to their personal development, physical development, and to the nutritional welfare of baby.

Today’s Mom was originally developed in 1987 as a nutritional approach to combat infant mortality in Alabama. 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.

The program 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. 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 and Goals

  • Lesson 1, Hello Baby. Goals: Relief from common pregnancy discomforts and increased physical activity when pregnant.
  • Lesson 2: Building Baby. Goals: Healthy eating for you and baby.
  • Lesson 3: Feeding Baby. Goals: Properly reading food labels and monitoring special nutrient needs during pregnancy.
  • Lesson 4: Fun in the Kitchen with Baby. Goals: Preparing food safely in the kitchen and making easy menu plans.
  • Lesson 5: Eating on the Run with Baby. Goals: Making healthy food choices at fast food restaurants, selecting low-fat foods, and keeping active throughout pregnancy.
  • Lesson 6: Welcome Home Baby. Goals: Feeding baby and having appropriate physical activity.

View a sample Today’s Mom lesson.
A number of Today’s Mom resources are free and available for download.

Today's Mom Downloadable Resources

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Today's Mom All About Me formAll About Me Survey FormPDF – FCS-2086PDF
All About Me PosterPDF
Image of FCS-2065 A Closer Look Todays Mom Survey FormA Closer Look SurveyPDF - FCS-2065PDF - FCS-2316
A Closer Look PosterPDF
What Does Baby Eat? Survey FormPDFPDF
What Does Baby Eat? PosterPDF
Cooking with EasePDFPDF
My Plate for Mom and BabyPDFPDF
Quick and Easy MealsPDFPDF
Secret Foods for HealthPDFPDF
Feel Good RecipesPDFPDF
Eating in the Fast Lane at HomePDFPDF
Snacks and S'moresPDFPDF
Certificate of GraduationGraduation CertificatePDF – FCS-2072PDF – FCS-2320
Baby CertificatePDFPDF
Program FlyerPDFPDF
Pocket FolderPDF
Order FormPDF
Today's Mom Referral FormReferral FormPDF
Read the Food Label to Make Good Choices for Mom and BabyToday's Mom Nutrition Facts Label HandoutPDF – FCS-2593
Yogurt PieRecipe Magnet Series, FCS-2587 (a,b,c,d,e,f)
Drop Off Here Sign FCS-2607Today's Mom Drop Off Here Sign, FCS-2607PDF
Today's Mom Directional Sign, FCS-2608Today's Mom Directional Sign, FCS-2608PDF
Today's Mom Supporter Magnet, FCS-2611Today's Mom Supporter Magnet, FCS-2611PDF

Today's Mom Customizable Downloads

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All About Me Survey FormPDFPDF
Image of FCS-2090_A Closer Look Todays Mom Survey Form CustomizableA Closer Look Survey FormPDFPDF
What Does Baby Eat? Survey FormPDFPDF
Hello Baby ConversationPDF
From Seed to MelonPDFPDF
Cooking with EasePDFPDF
My Plate for Mom and BabyPDFPDF
Quick and Easy MealsPDFPDF
Secret Foods for HealthPDFPDF
Feel Good RecipesPDFPDF
Eating in the Fast Lane at HomePDFPDF
Snacks and S'moresPDFPDF
Today's Mom Certificate of Graduation - customizableGraduation CertificatePDF – FCS-2093PDF – FCS-2368
Baby CertificatePDFPDF
Program FlyerPDFPDF
Pocket FolderPDF

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.

Contact your local Extension office for more information. Follow Alabama EFNEP on Facebook and Twitter. Text EFNEP to 555888 to receive nutrition tips. 

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