Goals and Objectives

This activity will serve to enhance the skills of those already working in women's health as well as help develop new skills for those expanding their work to include more primary care and office obstetrics and gynecology.

Healthcare providers remain unclear about the controversy surrounding the Institute of Medicine (IOM) guidelines regarding how much, if any, weight a pregnant women who is obese should gain. Although recently updated IOM guidelines on gestational weight gain recommend for obese pregnant women a weight gain of 5–9 kg, many studies suggest gestational weight loss for obese women. During this session, the IOM recommendations for weight gain and the required nutrients for normal fetal growth will be discussed, as well as appropriate management to mitigate risk in the presence of obesity. The impact of prior bariatric surgery on pregnancy also will be discussed. Information to assist with communication with patients and their families regarding the complications of obesity during prenatal and intrapartum care will be provided. At the conclusion of the session, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the IOM recommendations for weight gain in pregnancy and the required nutrients for normal fetal growth;
  • Determine the impact of prior bariatric surgery on pregnancy;
  • Educate patients regarding the complications of obesity during prenatal and intrapartum care;
  • Manage obesity in pregnancy to optimize maternal and fetal outcomes.

Course Information

CME Release Date: August 04th, 2017
Valid for credit through:  August 04th, 2018
Course type:  Video lecture
Sponsored in part by:  SMA Services, Inc.

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • Study the educational content and references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon completion of the evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed within 2 weeks.  Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you can contact Southern Medical Association for a duplicate copy of your credit.

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