Are you looking for a healthy pregnancy diet?
Pregnancy can seem like the ideal time to make changes to your diet. After all, there is an increasing amount of science suggesting that pregnancy nutrition can have a lasting impact on the future health of your child.
The thought of this can cause a huge amount of pressure and feel overwhelming. All at a time when you are encouraged to relax and start calm.
Working with a pregnancy nutritionist can provide you with reassurance and confidence in choosing which foods to eat when pregnant, to nourish you and your baby.
"Make food choices that honour your health and taste buds while making you feel good"
Everyone is an individual, and no one approach to food will suit all - never is this more true than during pregnancy.
As a pregnancy nutritionist, by first listening to you and exploring your relationship with food, I will combine evidence-based pregnancy nutrition advice with health coaching support to help you to navigate the next 9 months confidently.
Following the right diet during pregnancy
It can feel like there are a lot of food rules for mums-to-be, especially with which foods to avoid in pregnancy. If you don't find out you are pregnant until quite late on, this can cause worry about what you've eaten already - can you eat feta when pregnant, or what about those prawns you had last week?
Have a read of my Foods to Avoid When Pregnancy blog
If you're struggling with nausea and sickness, you might find yourself struggling to eat the foods you think your baby needs or even to eat enough food at all. How do you cope if you've lost your appetite or are struggling to take pregnancy supplements?
Your eating habits are likely to change whilst you are pregnant: hormonal changes, pregnancy cravings, morning sickness, pregnancy supplements, hunger, avoiding alcohol. Many of these changes won't happen out of choice, but as a result of external cues or rules around what is best for your baby during pregnancy.
Working with a pregnancy nutritionist can help you to navigate this complex world and decide which changes are important, and relevant for you and your body.
Staying safe with foods during pregnancy
We are told that there are lots of foods to avoid during early pregnancy, for risk of food poisoning or causing harm to our baby, and when eating out it can be hard to know which foods are 'safe'. You might find yourself avoiding eating out at restaurants, or sticking to a limited range of foods that you feel safe with.
Maybe you are busy searching online to see if it is safe to eat sushi in pregnancy or what the rules are on unpasteurised cheese. This level of intense focus on certain foods can cause so much worry and anxiety.
As a pregnancy nutritionist, I work with you to take that away, instead focusing on how you can safely enjoy the foods that you love, both at home and when eating out.
You don't need to feel restricted whilst you are pregnant. Eating and drinking should continue to be a pleasure.
Love your body and weight gain during pregnancy
Social media and the people around you can create a lot of noise about what your body should look like during pregnancy: is the size of your bump is too big, or too small; have you gained enough, but not too much, weight. Listening to these unwanted opinions can detract from you spending time getting to know the changes happening in your body.
Read my thoughts on weight loss during pregnancy and whether it is safe
Your body is doing an incredible job growing a new human, and pregnancy is an ideal time to learn to love and respect your body for the power it has. Pregnancy weight gain is necessary and important - your baby needs to grow well and your body provides the perfect conditions for this.
Read my blog on Pregnancy Weight Gain to see what's normal
By taking a non-diet approach to pregnancy nutrition, I can help you to focus on the positive aspects of your changing body and stop focusing on the numbers on the scale.
What is important is the health of you and your baby.
Would you like to feel free to enjoy choosing foods to eat during pregnancy?
Pregnancy is an ideal time to shift your mindset around how you eat, and become in tune with your body's needs, setting the foundations for a healthier relationship with food beyond your pregnancy.
I take a non-diet, gentle approach to pregnancy nutrition.
I believe it is a unique opportunity to pause and reflect on why we choose to eat certain foods, and to listen to our bodies telling us what we need in this moment. At no other time in your life will you be able to feel the changes in your body, the same as when your baby is growing inside of you. It is a life-changing experience.
As a pregnancy nutritionist, I support you in navigating this incredible journey of getting to know yourself as you become a mother, taking away the stress and worry of food, leaving you free to enjoy your pregnancy to its fullest.
Work with me - take charge of your healthy pregnancy today
Pregnancy nutrition isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, and neither is working with a nutritionist. It's important that you feel comfortable with the kind of support I am offering - I won't give you generic pregnancy meal plans to follow. Instead, you will build healthy habits that will work through every stage of your pregnancy. And you can focus on the ones that are most meaningful to you right now.
I work on nutrition support to cover every stage of pregnancy, from managing morning sickness, through to preparing for labour, and into the fourth trimester after the birth of your baby. But it is all led by you - you, and only you, are the expert of your body. I can't give you a magic meal plan to make your pregnancy easier. There are plenty of pregnancy nutritionists out there who can and do offer that - it's just not me. Which means working with me will not be for everyone, and that's ok!
You'll have support from me throughout your pregnancy, to help you feel confident and happy with the food choices you make. I can help you make sense of that advice you've read elsewhere, of what the midwife has told you about your weight, and more importantly I will be there to support you when things are challenging and the way you wish you could eat, is just not possible right now. There is no perfect approach and you won't have failed if your diet doesn't always look like the guidebooks!
A supportive programme for your healthy pregnancy
Using the principles of intuitive eating to tune into your body, recognise your cues, and show love to your body
Choose foods that nourish you and your baby, knowing when to supplement and what to avoid
Enjoy the foods you choose to eat, and find ways to bring joy into eating throughout your pregnancy
Ongoing support from a pregnancy nutritionist throughout your entire pregnancy, to put the tools into practice every day
How do I book a session with you?I offer a package of support to help you take control of your health and feel good about the foods you eat during pregnancy. To check this is right for you I invite you to reach out via email. This is more than just a quick hello. We can discuss what you are hoping to get from nutrition support, and how many sessions feel right for you. You'll go away feeling heard and listened to about your health - which often isn't the case when you become pregnant. If we decide it's the right thing to do, we'll get you booked into your first session.
Do you give meal plans?When you are pregnant and busy working a fixed meal plan can seem like a great option for saving you time and making sure you get all the nutrients you need for you and your baby. In my experience, every pregnant women will find that their appetite and taste for foods changes frequently throughout pregnancy, so I don't find meal plans to be helpful overall. Often they can be restrictive and leave you wondering what else to eat if what is on the menu doesn't appeal to you that day. I'll provide you with the tools and ideas to make the food choices that are right for you every day. And I'll be here to support you when you get stuck.
I'm not sure I can afford it right nowPregnancy is an important time to focus on your health and wellbeing and I know that there are many products out there competing for your attention. Investing in your health during pregnancy is one of the best things you can do - not only are you building up to a huge physical event, but you are also preparing your body for recovery. I offer options to suit different budgets - from a one off in-depth call, to multiple sessions throughout pregnancy. Prices start from £69.
I'm still working, do you have sessions in the evening or at the weekend?"I work alongside looking after my toddler, so I completely understand the need for flexibility. I don't typically work on a weekend, as I like to enjoy some time with my family. I do run an online clinic for some evenings in the week but they do get booked up fast. The best thing to do is to send me an email and see what's available.
How do I know what kind of nutritionist to see during pregnancy?Choosing to work with a nutritionist is a very personal experience. It is important that they are the right match for you and someone that you are comfortable sharing information with throughout your pregnancy. I would always recommend choosing someone who is registered with the apprpriate body, such as the Association for Nutrition, or the British Dietetic Association - this ensures that the person you are choosing to work with has been trained appropriately and is fit to practice. Your diet and the health of your growing baby are important, so you need to know that you are in good hands, and that person will be able to advise you appropriately or refer you on to someone suitable if needs be. I would be cautious of anyone making bold promises about what working with them can achieve, or who promotes something that feels 'off' to you. Make the most of email to find out more about the nutritionist, and to ask them questions about their qualifications and experience if necessary.
Will you recommend I take specific supplements?During pregnancy, it can be useful to take supplements if you are eating a very limited diet or struggling to eat enough variety. However, I believe in focusing on food first, so I won't recommend any that I don't think are genuinely useful to you in your specific pregnancy. I don't work directly with any companies so won't always recommend a particular supplement brand, but instead give you options depending on your budget and dietary constraints.