Pre-FNCE Foundation Symposium: Nutrient Gaps in Pregnancy: The Role of DHA and Choline for Mother and Child (Registration Required)

Saturday, October 26
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: 121-ABC
CE: 2.0
Level 2- Intermediate

Nutrient intake during pregnancy has immediate and long-term effects on the health of both the mother and her offspring, yet there are common nutrient gaps that diet alone is not meeting. This session will discuss nutrient gaps seen most often in pregnant women and women of childbearing age, and address challenges of closing those gaps. The role of prenatal supplements in helping pregnant women and women who may become pregnant will be discussed, including how even those may still fall short. Given the preponderance of science on the benefits of DHA omega-3s and choline on the growing fetus and in early childhood development, it may surprise dietitians that these nutrients are not considered essential nor nutrients of concern. The session will present the case for a focus on DHA and choline in prenatal supplements and it will also address gaps in knowledge. For example, DHA and choline have not traditionally been nutrients of concern – in part because we have biochemical pathways for their synthesis; however, recent evidence suggests both are conditionally essential nutrients in pregnancy.

Sponsored by Nature Made

***Foundation Symposia will take place on Saturday, October 26 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center and are an additional cost of $10 each (Foundation donation). Academy members may log into their FNCE Registration Dashboard to register for these additional symposiums. A meal will not be provided during this session, please plan accordingly.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify nutrients commonly inadequate in the diet of US women of childbearing age.
  • Explain if evidence supports consumption of prenatal supplements to address nutrient gaps seen most commonly among women of childbearing age and who are pregnant.
  • Assess the research supporting the role of DHA during pregnancy.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4130 Pregnancy
  • 3100 Supplemental nutrients, botanicals
  • 2090 Micronutrients: vitamins, minerals

    Symposium Organizer(s)

  • Susie Burns

  • *Moderator(s)

  • Elana Natker, MS, RD


    Sage Leaf Communications

  • Symposia Speaker(s)

  • Susan Carlson, PhD

    AJ Rice Professor of Nutrition; University Distinguished Professor

    University of Kansas Medical Center