Gathering Information

Check the medical record and the nutrition questionnaire to identify relevant questions and avoid unnecessary repetition.

History—Sample Questions
Sociodemographic, Obstetric, Medical, and Life-Style Factors
  • What vitamins, minerals, or other supplements are you taking? How much? How often? Why?

  • Have you had anemia, "low blood," or "low iron?"

  • Are you currently breastfeeding?


If height and recent weight are not available from the medical record, ask:

  • How much did you weigh at your last period? If the woman is uncertain, ask: Have you noticed a change in how well your clothes fit?

Ask all pregnant women:

  • Have you ever been underweight? Overweight? What, if anything, did you do about it?

  • How much weight do you think you should gain during this pregnancy? If a low amount: Does the thought of gaining at least _ lb bother you?

  • How do you feel about your weight so far?

  • What questions or concerns do you have about your weight or weight gain during pregnancy?

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