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Food as Medicine: Fertility and Pregnancy

Monash University via FutureLearn

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Understand the role of food and nutrition in fertility and pregnancy

On this course for healthcare professionals, you will explore the latest evidence surrounding the role of nutrition on fertility and pregnancy outcomes. You will focus on two main topics: foods and fertility, and foods and pregnancy.

Foods and fertility will focus on optimising nutrition for fertility and pre-conception, including topics like the effect of food on reproductive health and dietary recommendations to improve fertility. Foods and Pregnancy will explore topics including requirements during pregnancy, and optimising gestational weight gain.

Places in this course are limited to 100, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

This course has been designed for healthcare professionals, specifically medical specialists, general practitioners and nurses.

However, the course may be of benefit to healthcare professionals such as dietitians and nutritionists with a background in nutrition, who may like a ‘refresher’ in this area of study.

You should have a good knowledge of science, medicine and healthcare practice.

Accrediting bodies and professional associations who have recognised this course

This course is recognised by:

  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF): this online educational activity is endorsed by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Federal Office. Completion attracts 8 CPD hours.

If you have any questions on the course, its accreditation/endorsement or how it may relate to your professional healthcare practice we encourage you to email your questions to [email protected]


  • Food, fertility and preconception
    • Introduction to the course
    • Preconception
    • Effect of preconception food and diet
    • Conditions that impact fertility
    • Weight and fertility
    • A summary of key nutrients and foods for fertility
    • End of week
  • Food and pregnancy
    • Introduction to the week
    • Physiology of pregnancy and nutrient metabolism
    • Weight management in pregnancy
    • Nutrient requirements during pregnancy
    • Food recommendations during pregnancy
    • Responding to information online
    • End of course

Taught by

Helen Truby


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