Nutrition for Pregnant Women, Dr. Online Webinar. Yassin Star

Discussing online webinar events on the topic of nutrition for pregnant women guided by our host, Dr. Yassin Yanuar M, SpOG (K), M.Sc

Dr. Yassin Bintang is no stranger to giving online webinars on the ZMFY platform. From the topic of menstrual disorders, pregnancy programs, he even now organizes sessions that specifically discuss nutrition for pregnant women. This topic is the first batch and will likely be held again in the future for those who haven’t been able to participate.

Precisely on Thursday, April 7, 2022, this webinar was held with 130 participants. Without further ado, let’s immediately find out how the webinar process went!

After conducting the introduction, Dr. Yassin as the host directly discussed the assigned topic. From the beginning, he discussed what it meant by healthy pregnant women. Of course the participants must have a clear understanding of why it is important for the mother and fetus to be physically, spiritually healthy. Even the WHO also recommends that pregnant women should have a positive experience in the process of pregnancy. The dependents of a pregnant woman are very high, just imagine, there is a life in her body that must be cared for. Therefore, it must be remembered that the nutrients obtained from food must be met in a balanced manner, both micro and macro nutrients. Why? If the nutrition intake level does not meet the required level, it will pose a health risk to pregnant women and the fetus in their womb. In detail, the host also provides complete information on how to measure pregnant women with good nutritional status, starting from weight, hb levels, blood pressure, blood sugar and so on.

The host emphasized that pregnant women’s nutrition and stress will greatly affect the growth of the fetus or also known as “Fetal Programming”. Not only when the fetus is still in the womb, but it will also have an effect until the fetus is born and grows up. The first 1000 days of life, that is what is meant by the golden period because at that time the child’s brain is growing rapidly. Therefore, the nutrients that enter the body are very necessary to be maintained according to the needs of each individual.

If the nutrition consumed is less than the recommended one, it must be changed because it can cause several consequences, namely chronic energy deficiency (CED) and anemia. In detail, the host explains the two consequences in full with how to measure them. The risk of CED can result in miscarriage, infection and even death. Not only for pregnant women, the fetus can also be at risk of experiencing unwanted defects or diseases. Anemia or lack of red blood cells in the blood is also dangerous for pregnant women and fetuses. One by one the hosts gave several examples of causes of anemia that are commonly experienced by pregnant women, one of which is CED and the delivery distance is too close.

The discussion continues on the normal caloric needs for pregnant women. In addition, weight gain is also discussed with calculations that must be considered. Keep in mind that weight gain will differ depending on the nutrients that enter the pregnant woman’s body. The exact weight of pregnant women is calculated from the uterus, placenta, fetus and other parts. For pregnant women, the host strongly recommends following the principles of balanced nutrition. The table for calculating the nutritional adequacy rate was also discussed by the host. The table contains different age groups. From there the participants can follow according to their age and condition.

The session continued with a detailed discussion regarding explanations, benefits, needs and sources of food containing carbohydrates, proteins, fats, water, vitamins and minerals. Calculation of sufficient water is also explained by the host. After knowing what nutrients are needed, the participants are recommended to perform a dietary intervention. Dietary intervention is a diet with adequate composition of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals from varied sources. Plus, folic acid, iron and calcium supplements are very important to be consumed before and during pregnancy.

Now, after a clear understanding of why nutritional intake is important, the host strongly recommends the participants to start paying attention to nutritional consumption as early as possible. Even though there is no pregnancy plan, everyone should have a healthy diet.

The session ended with a question and answer time. For this online webinar, the host deliberately extended the question and answer session to have more time for discussion and participants get to ask questions.

Dr. Yassin will still be holding several online webinars at ZMFY about pregnancy and menstrual disorders. Registration is now open on the ZMFY website, don’t miss the upcoming sessions!