The 9 months of pregnancy are the most consequential period of our lives.
Recent research suggests that a mother’s nutritional status during, AND before, pregnancy is one of the most powerful influences on a child’s lifelong health.
In fact, some researchers now believe the 9 months of pregnancy are the most consequential period of our lives, permanently influencing the wiring of the brain and the function of organs like the heart, liver and pancreas. Research also shows that the conditions we encounter in utero shape everything from our susceptibility to disease, to our appetite and metabolism, to our intelligence and temperament.
But pregnancy can be tough. Everything is suddenly different: your appetite, your sense of smell, your likes and dislikes, your body, even your hair looks different.
Many women struggle to figure out what to eat while pregnant. There are so many things you’re told not to do (ps – not all of those rules are true), and your taste buds often completely change. Cooking seems to be more of a chore instead of something you [used to] love to do.
Many women are emotional, tired, cranky and wondering when that “pregnancy glow” everyone is always talking about starts to shine.
Most of all – women want to make sure their baby is getting what he or she needs no matter what.
In our one-on-one consultations, you will learn exactly what to eat for a healthy pregnancy, what supplements are important to include (and why quality matters!), what specifics to focus on during each trimester, and many other critical factors to ensure a healthy, happy pregnancy and a well nourished baby.
We will talk about all things pregnancy, and give you a chance to ask the questions you’ve been trying to figure out on your own, so you feel empowered and educated about your pregnancy and your body.
- Discover helpful tips and tricks you can implement to help with the nausea, fatigue and the overwhelming feeling of yuckiness in those early weeks of pregnancy (or those later weeks too).
- Know what to look for when purchasing your prenatal vitamins, your fish oil and the other vitamins you keep reading about that you’re wondering if you should be taking.
- Alleviate the uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy: swelling, heartburn, constipation, fatigue, brain fog, appetite changes, insomnia, just to name a few.
- Prevent gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and more.
A happy, healthy baby is the result
of a happy, healthy mama.
How We Work Together
An Initial Pregnancy Assessment is where you will start. This is where we dive deep into your health history, any current symptoms you’re experiencing, lifestyle, dietary habits, labs, supplements, medications, and more so I have a full picture of everything going on in your pregnancy and what you hope to accomplish by working together.
Step 1: Take action!
When you schedule the initial consultation, you will be asked to complete a new client intake form. These are vital in helping me fully understand your unique health status. Be honest about where you’re at right now and then we can more accurately get you to where you want to be.
Step 2: Appointment time!
Depending on your appointment preference, we will either meet by phone, FaceTime or Skype (you don’t even have to get out of your PJs!). We start by going through the intake forms so that I can ask questions, and make sure I understand everything about your current and past health history, current pregnancy symptoms, your lifestyle, current food intake, digestion, energy levels, sleeping habits, stress level, and all medications, supplements and herbs you’re currently taking. I want to know what you’ve tried before, things that have worked for you and what hasn’t.
After I’ve done my detective work and gathered the necessary information, I will share with you the initial action steps that you can take right away to to start shifting things for the better. We will talk about specific pregnancy recommendations related to food, lifestyle, environment, stress, movement and more.
If necessary, I will recommend any additional laboratory tests that I think will be important to assess health biomarkers and give us more information about your unique situation.
There is no need for you to take detailed notes during the appointment. I will send you a recap of everything that we discuss as part of your customized pregnancy plan. I’d rather you just be present and take it all in.
Remember that this is a collaborative process and I want you to be as excited about the changes as I am so that you’ll be an active participant in the process. I am always willing to meet you where you’re at, so the more honest you are about what you’re ready and willing to do, or not do, the better you will sustain the changes we create together.
Step 3: Your customized pregnancy plan!
The day after our initial consultation, I will email your customized pregnancy plan detailing the action steps we discussed. This will include what foods to eat, foods to avoid, lifestyle modifications to incorporate and factors to stay away from, how to meal plan, grocery shop and eat out at restaurants; and a personalized supplement protocol (via online portal which gives you access to practitioner-grade supplements). You will also have access to all my amazing recipes, meal ideas, snack ideas, shopping lists and more.
Read through it as many times as you need, print it out, hang it on the fridge, whatever will be most helpful for your success.
Step 4: It’s implementation time!
You’ll begin putting all those action steps into play and reaping the amazing benefits. I will ask you to keep a food journal during this time as a way to track not only your food intake, but how you’re feeling, your mood, your digestion, any challenges you’re struggling with and reflections on the process. No judgement here, just a really great way for you to keep tabs on your daily experiences and progress.
Step 5: Time for a check up!
Our first follow up consultation will be scheduled 2-3 weeks after the initial consultation.
Follow up consultations give us the opportunity to check in, troubleshoot areas you’re struggling with, address any new pregnancy-related symptoms, adjust what’s not working, talk about improvements & changes, and of course answer any questions or concerns you have! I will look over your food journal and provide targeted feedback about things that look awesome and areas that need improvement. We’ll review the supplements you’re taking and make sure no changes are necessary here. And lastly, I will provide any additional handouts or other necessary resources for your continued success and active participation.
Step 6: Ongoing support!
Ongoing follow up consultations from here are scheduled 1-2 times per month throughout your pregnancy. I want to get you to a place where you feel BETTER than when we first met, the changes you’ve made now feel routine, and you feel comfortable and in control of your pregnancy journey. Most clients prefer regular check in’s because things can change FAST during pregnancy. What was working for you last week, might not even be an option for you anymore. And even with our best intentions, life happens. Things shift. Change shows up. And all the hard work we’ve done to feel amazing starts to slip and a downward spiral can easily happen.
This is where I come in. We regroup, figure out what’s not working, and create solutions to get you back on track and feeling good again in no time. Or maybe you don’t fall back into old patterns, and you just want an ongoing accountability support system to keep you moving forward. Follow up consults are great for that too.Soak it up, you put in a lot of energy to get yourself here!
Here’s how you benefit from our work together:
- You know what you should eat!
- You know how to meal plan.
- You know how to save time in the kitchen.
- You’re able to overcome food cravings and addictions.
- You’re able to identify food sensitivities and trigger foods that don’t make you feel good.
- You learn what you can substitute for your favorite, not-so-good-for-you comfort foods.
- You know what to buy at the grocery store, and what to look for on ingredient labels.
- You know what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and how to make sure you’re prepared for all your meals.
- You know what snack options are good ones, and which ones will send your blood sugar flying and your energy crashing 2 hours later.
- You know what should be in your pantry and fridge so you’re never again left saying “There’s nothing for me to eat!”
- You discover simple and super delicious recipes and methods of food prep and cooking techniques to make your kitchen a place you actually like spending time in.
Client Communication Policy
Due to the increasing number of electronic communications and the growth of my business, I’ve found the need to implement a Client Communication Policy.
I love our one-on-one time, and feel that the best information comes out in those sessions; however, I do understand that the information provided in our sessions can be a lot to take in and, as a result, questions will come up after our appointments. I love these questions and want to provide you with as much information as possible to help you on your health and wellness journey.
If there are questions that cannot wait to be answered until our follow-up appointment, you are welcome to email me these questions. To ensure that all of your questions are answered in a timely manner, I am committed to responding to all email queries within 2 business days. To be able to stick within that timeframe, I am implementing the following Client Communication Policy into my practice:
A $3 per minute charge will be billed for all email questions, with a minimum charge of $15.
- Charges will be billed to the credit card on file.
- By emailing me questions, you are accepting these charges.
If your questions or concerns are something that I feel require more than just an email response, and/or require more time and attention, you will be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment.
To avoid these e-consult charges, I encourage you to make a list of your ongoing questions and bring them to our next follow-up appointment.
Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to seeing you in our next session!
Changing Women’s Lives
I’ve worked with hundreds of women, helping them get pregnant and teaching them how to alleviate common modern hormone imbalances (such as PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, and amenorrhea).
They learn how to restore their innate fertility power. They discover how to eat and live in a way that profoundly nourishes not only their baby, but also their own body during pregnancy and post-birth. Ultimately they understand how to live in hormonal flow each and every day.
Now I would love to help YOU!
Welcome to a space created to guide you and inspire you. Whether you’re trying to fix your hormonal chaos, get pregnant, grow a healthy baby, or ultimately just feel happy and content in your body, I’m so glad you’re here!