One of my favorite parts about my job is helping pregnant women give themselves a healthy pregnancy and give baby a wonderful headstart in life through nutrition. As a homeschooling mom to five children (with one on the way), I know personally what a difference proper nutrition can make in a child’s overall health–physically and spiritually speaking!
There isn’t a better time to have proper nutrition than during pregnancy. Studies come out over year showing how a mother’s prenatal nutrition affects the child’s entire life. Cases of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses can be prevented as early on as in the womb through proper nutrition.
Unfortunately, obstetricians are not trained in nutrition. Reviews and studies come out frequently in medical journals such as this one: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20974412 reminding care providers of the importance of nutritional counseling for better prenatal outcomes. Specifically, the report stated:
In pregnancy, health care providers need to assess women’s diets… Health care providers should continue to spend time on nutrition assessment and counseling.
And the nutritionists they sometimes refer patients to are misinformed. In fact, clinical dieticians are sponsored by companies like Coca Cola, so their information is often very skewed.
Even if obstetricians WERE trained in nutritional knowledge, the average ob appointment lasts six minutes. This is hardly enough time to review nutritional intake and nutrient levels, let alone go over all the other important things at each appointment!
But there is some very important information pregnant mothers should know! This information can not only affect the child’s overall health but the mother’s as well.
For example, did you know that eating hot dogs, pepperoni, sausage, lunchmeat, and other processed meat during pregnancy increases a baby’s risk of having leukemia by 700%?!
Did you also know that a mother who eats a diet high in sugar and refined carbs will likely have gestational diabetes? And a mother who has gestational diabetes is also much more likely to end up with Type 2 diabetes later in life? The child of a mother with gestational diabetes is just as likely to end up with Type 2 diabetes sometime in life as well.
Down syndrome is another example of a complication related to improper diet, not maternal age as doctors suggest! (See my article on Down Syndrome here.)
Preeclampsia, preterm labor, and anemia are just a few of the other complications that are increasingly common in American women. These, too, can be prevented and even reversed through proper nutrition.
Did you also know that hair loss, depression, and lack of adequate breastmilk supply can be prevented with one or two simple supplements during pregnancy that are often not found in a prenatal vitamin?
Things like ADHD and autism can be prevented through proper nutrition and by taking other simple preventative measures during pregnancy.
Is giving your child an amazing healthy start in life worth $75 to you?! For $75, I will assess your current dietary habits, health issues, and other factors to determine the best steps for you to take to experience a healthy pregnancy. I will then put together a personalized wellness plan (in pdf form or paper form sent via USPS if preferred) that you can use as your guide to a healthy pregnancy.
Will I tell you to eat a low-fat, sodium-free, vegetarian diet? Quite the opposite! Eating healthy and nourishing your baby is actually very delicious, and most definitely not what most people think!
For those who would like 24/7 prenatal nutrition/health counseling to help with accountability, encouragement, and dealing with any issues that may arise during pregnancy (such as anemia, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, yeast infections, etc.), I also offer ongoing counseling after the initial plan for $25-50/month (depending on the level of help needed).
Through my affordable services, I hope to fill an important void that is so prevalent in our current model of care and help bring about better outcomes for mothers and their babies.
Are you trying to conceive?
The rates of infertility are increasing at a steady rate in America, much to the detriment of mothers who ache to hold a beautiful newborn baby of their own.
Fortunately, there is a way to change this! In my research, I have found certain foods, lifestyle factors, and health issues to be the main causes of infertility. Once these things are removed, many women are able to get pregnant over and over again!
If these issues are not corrected before a woman gets pregnant, it can result in miscarriage, preterm labor, and other complications. The infant mortality rate has risen for the first time in decades as a result. It’s best to address these problems before conception to ensure a full-term, healthy pregnancy and healthy baby!
For $75, I will evaluate your current dietary and health issues to determine a plan of action for conception. If, when I evaluate your information and cannot immediately see a reason for infertility, you will not be charged. In most cases, however, I am able to identify at least one of the most common factors. I will then create a personalized wellness plan for you that you can use to change your lifestyle at your own pace. (For a pdf sample of a standard client wellness plan, check out my Nutrition Counseling page here.)
Email me to get started learning how to nourish yours and your baby’s growing bodies today!
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Also, if you have a group of pregnant/TTC women (and live in the metro area of Minnesota), please check out my Nutrition Workshop page for information on having a Healthy Pregnancy workshop!