Does your Nutritionist Specialize in Fertility and Pregnancy?
by Margaret Eich, MS, RDN
Does your nutritionist specialize in fertility and pregnancy? At Pulling
Down the Moon, our licensed dietitian nutritionists specialize in helping
clients adjust their diet to maximize fertility and promote a healthy
pregnancy. This requires advanced training in how specific nutrients,
nutrient deficiencies, foods, dietary patterns, and macronutrients affect
fertility. The sheer volume of information available on the internet and
in books can be quite overwhelming and isn't always reliable. Your
Pulling Down the Moon nutritionist can help you sort out the facts from
the myths and help you hone in on the habits that will be most likely
to positively impact your fertility.
The second piece of what we do as nutritionists is not only providing you
with information, but also with assistance with implementation. Sometimes
we know what we need to do, but we struggle to do it on a consistent basis,
because we're busy with the many obligations of modern life. Your
nutritionist can help you prioritize and set goals and provide you with
support in reaching those goals. Often having a partner to provide support,
accountability, ideas, and recipes can make a world of difference.
Beyond optimizing nutrition when trying to conceive, did you know that
we also work with women in optimizing their nutrition during pregnancy
for the healthiest outcome possible for mother and baby? During pregnancy,
the requirement for many nutrients goes up and eating nutrient dense food
is more important than ever, during a time when there may be pregnancy
side effects making healthy certain foods you used to love less appealing.
Keeping your weight gain within guidelines may also help prevent gestational
diabetes and the need for a C-section. If you're struggling with gaining
enough weight or are a vegetarian and vegan, we can help assist you in
ensuring you're meeting your nutrient needs and the baby's. Pregnancy
is also a great time to work on your relationship with food, since parents'
habits and relationship with food often get passed on to their children
Thinking of trying out a nutrition appointment? Now is a great time, as
initial nutrition consultations are 20% off in the month of March for
National Nutrition Month.