A 2018 review highlights the important role that a nutritionist can play in improving outcomes of patients going through fertility treatment.
Have you heard of a perinatal nutritionist? Nutrition plays an essential role in supporting your body while trying to conceive, pregnant, and postpartum, but it can be overwhelming to make healthy happen when your nutrient needs change at each stage of motherhood. That’s where a perinatal nutritionist or a registered dietitian comes in.
The 3-4 months prior to conception constitute a critical window for influencing healthy fetal growth and development during pregnancy. Meeting with a nutritionist prior to getting pregnant can be helpful to prepare your body and create good habits. They’ll take note of your current eating habits and medical history and recommend foods to incorporate for a well-balanced diet. Your nutritionist can support you through conditions that can affect fertility like PCOS, hypo or hyperthyroidism, cancer, anorexia, and orthorexia and develop a plan should you be struggling with any of them. If you’re trying to lose or gain weight to support your hormones, your nutritionist will make meal suggestions that will provide you fertility-boosting nourishment and taste great too.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, morning sickness (read: all-day sickness!) affects around 70% of pregnant women and most often occurs between weeks 6-12. Your nutritionist can support you during this time with tips to manage nausea and fatigue. Once your nausea subsides and your appetite returns, your nutritionist can guide you in getting the nutrients you need to support your body and your growing babe. They’ll monitor your weight gain, food aversions or cravings, and provide support should you encounter any pregnancy-related health issues like gestational diabetes.
Nutrition plays a huge part in your postpartum recovery. Nutritionists help you focus on quality, nutrient-rich foods that will help you heal and build your energy back up. If you choose to breastfeed, your nutritionist can provide tips on increasing or regulating your supply and supporting the additional energy demands.
As any parent will tell you, children keep you very, very busy, which oftentimes makes eating healthy more challenging. A nutritionist can work with you throughout motherhood to develop shopping and cooking routines and even meal plans that will support your nourished family, whatever your dietary preferences or restrictions may be.
I’m a certified nutritionist specialist.
Nutrition is nuanced and the journey into motherhood is complex but whatever you’re struggling with, you don’t have to go through it alone. I am always inspired by my clients’ dedication to their health for the benefit of themselves and their family or future family.
Support I offer: Fertility support, Gestational diabetes, Postpartum recovery.
Some states don’t require nutritionists to be licenced,which can make it difficult to find trusted and reliable nutritionists who have extensive knowledge and experience, especially in perinatal nutrition. With the help of our team of expert advisors, we have sought nutritionists who have rigorous and reputable degrees in supporting women when it comes to fertility, prenatal, and postpartum nutrition. Our nutrition experts are certified Registered Dietitians (RDs), Certified Nutrition Specialists (CNS), and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN), each with different credentialing requirements. RDs, for example, have earned at least a 4-year degree in nutrition sciences, completed at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice, and passed a board exam. Many of our experts have advanced degrees in complementary fields, too, like life coaching and holistic health coaching to enhance their work with clients.
It varies. Some women meet with a nutritionist just once while others need a few follow-up visits for check-ins, tweaks to their action plan, and accountability. If you’re managing a chronic condition or hormonal imbalance or making significant nutrition modifications, it may be common to have regular visits with a nutritionist for ongoing maintenance.
How do I know if I really need support from a nutritionist?
When you are feeling overwhelmed by the contradictory nutrition advice out there or just want to feel more confident around meal time, it’s probably time to call a nutritionist. Those who most benefit are those who:
When you book an appointment with a nutritionist, you’ll complete a questionnaire related to your current eating habits, dietary preferences and restrictions, and your lifestyle. If you can, it can be beneficial to keep an additional food diary for a few days and any other notes that would be helpful to give context to your nutritionist.