Maternal / Newborn Question #4
A pregnant woman arrives at the clinic for the first prenatal visit. On assessment, the client states she eats out frequently and skips breakfast. The nurse’s best response is:
- “You will need additional nutrients such as calcium, folic acid, and protein.”
- "You need an extra hamburger to double your calories.”
- “Dietary habits do not affect the baby.”
- “You must have hyperglycemia.”
Pregnant women should eat an extra 200-300 calories per day and have 1,000 mg calcium or eat/drink 4 servings of calcium per day. Folic acid is needed at 400 mcg/day to avoid complications of neural tube defects. Iron is important for oxygen delivery. Protein is needed for growth and development. Options B, C, and D are inappropriate responses and do not meet the nutritional needs of the pregnant mother and developing child.