Pregnancy Nutrition 

Should I follow a 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 coaching support to help you to navigate the next 9 months confidently. 

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Do you feel worried about which foods to avoid during pregnancy?

 

It can feel like there are a lot of food rules placed on us, especially with 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?

 

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. 

Are you nervous about food poisoning during pregnancy and eating safely in restaurants? 

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. 

Are you restricting foods that you enjoy so that you avoid 'too much' 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.

 

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.

 

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. 

Looking to take the next step?

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

 

I currently offer 3 pregnancy nutrition packages, designed to best support you with your goals during your pregnancy. 

 

Each package consists of 1 initial session (75 minutes) and at least 2 follow-up sessions (50 minutes), plus email support between sessions. Depending on the level of support you feel you need throughout your pregnancy we can schedule sessions monthly, as you experience changes or at the start of the next trimester. 

I offer everyone a free introductory call, to talk about which level of support suits you, and to get to know each other a bit. Choosing to work with a pregnancy nutritionist is very personal, and it's important that we can connect with each other and have a similar outlook on what is best for you and your baby. Pregnancy nutrition isn't a one-size-fits-all approach - I won't give you generic meal plans for each trimester, as we need to work with what is important to you and your lifestyle. 


Not quite ready to commit to a package? We can begin with the 75-minute initial session, and add follow-up sessions when needed. Follow-ups are highly recommended to keep you motivated and feel supported as you experience changes through your pregnancy. You can upgrade to a package at any time, or add on additional follow-up sessions. 

It's also possible to pay in instalments for some packages. Please get in touch if this is something you would like to do. 

 

Pregnancy Nutrition Packages

Bump to Baby

£515

In-depth, flexible support for your pregnancy journey

One 75 minute introductory session

8 x 50 minute follow-up sessions

Email support between sessions

Handouts and resources to support your pregnancy 

10% saving

Nourished Mama​

£375

In-depth, flexible support for your pregnancy journey

One 75 minute introductory session

5 x 50 minute follow-up sessions

Email support between sessions

Handouts and resources to support your pregnancy 

5% saving

Start Well​

£205

In-depth, flexible support for your pregnancy journey

One 75 minute introductory session

2 x 50 minute follow-up sessions

Email support between sessions

Handouts and resources to support your pregnancy 

5% saving

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Frequently asked questions

How do I book a session with you?


To begin with, I ask everyone to book a free 15 minute call so that we can talk through what support you are looking for and agree the best ways to work together. You can choose what package you are interested in and how frequently you want sessions together. After that, I will send you a request for payment, via bank transfer or PayPal, and a link to a new client consultation form, so I can find out a bit more about your situation ahead of our first session. You will receive a booking link to access my online calendar to book your initial 75 minute consultation. And we go from there!




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. Instead, we will work together to look at the types of foods you can include in your diet, and how to adapt to your ever changing appetite and cravings, suitable for each stage of your pregnancy. We might look at recipe ideas and tools for planning which types of meals to have across the week, saving you time when shopping, but it certainly won't be prescriptive or restrictive. I want to make sure you continue to enjoy food and have the freedom to flex what you eat to suit your mood, so rather than leaving you alone with a meal plan, you have my support to eat happily.




I'm not sure I can afford it right now


It's possible to pay in installments for some packages - just get in touch and we can find a solution that works. Pregnancy 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. That's why I offer different levels of support, depending on what you feel you can afford and need right now - there is always the option to increase the number of sessions with me later on.




I'm still working, can I have a consultation 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 am available on some days in the evenings - please get in touch to find out when. If you can't find anything that works for you, drop me a message and we can find a way to flex timings to fit you in.




What can I expect from a session with you?


Each session will vary from client to client - working together is very personal and depends a lot on where you are at in your pregnancy and what your current relationship with food is. The first consultation we have together is 75 minutes long, and we use this time to really get to know each other. I will ask you lots of questions about your pregnancy so far, your experiences with food and your body, your likes and dislikes, all with the aim of building a picture of your relationship with food and your body. If it's relevant you might share with me some information about your health during pregnancy and prior to it, and an idea of what you eat day to day. What I won't ask you for is a detailed food diary or body measurements. Future sessions are all shorter, 50 minutes in total, and in these we will check in on how you are feeling, any challenges you have found or changes that have occured in the passing weeks. For some people we might focus mostly on getting enough opportunities to eat into your day, balancing a reduced appetite with work time and cooking. For others we might look more at learning to connect with your body and identify the feelings of hunger and fullness. For some clients we might focus entirely on findning new foods to try after losing the taste for previously liked foods. Betwee each session, you can expect email follow up from me, a summary of what we talked about and any actions to take. If relevant I will share with you some resources or exercises to practice, or some recipe ideas to try.




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, there aren't a huge number of supplements recommened for all pregnant women, so I won't specifiy any that I don't think are really needed. I also don't work directly with any companies so won't recommend a specific supplement brand.