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Maternal Dietetics

Maternal Dietetic translates the medical jargon and the most up to date research into simple nutrition strategies. Its professional guidance during times ladies require it most- pre and postnatally. 


A critical period when nutrition needs are greatly increased and food and supplements greatly influence the health outcomes of momma and bub. When mommas nutrition intake isn’t supplying key nutrients needed of a growing belly and bub, it can lead to unfavourable outcomes including miscarriage, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm birth, and cognitive and growth and cognitive development delays in your future child. 

On the other hand, eating a nutritious diet with key nutrients during pregnancy is linked to a reduced risk of pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth, miscarriage, excess weight gain, anaemia and support unpleasant symptoms such as fatigue and morning sickness. 


Maternal Dietetic support caters for the following stages:


This stage is all about getting ladies ready for conception and healthy pregnancy. I focus on replenishing your nutrient status and stores, eliminating toxins, moving towards a healthy weight, and commencing vital high-quality supplements. In other words, all the factors important for fertility and the health of your future bub. For ladies who already have children, this stage is greatly beneficial to replenish your body after pregnancy and lactation.


This stage is all about nourishing your growing belly and bub while supporting your body nutritionally through pregnancy. It’s a critical time when bub relies solely on you for vital nutrients required for healthy growth and development.

Each trimester brings along different nutritional needs and different challenges, such as morning sickness, a weakened immune system, aches and pains, and food cravings. A customised plan will support you through any challenges that arise. 



This time focuses on both mother and child collaboratively and individually to meet the needs of both. Mothers are supported towards a healthy postpartum weight without restricting essential nutrient for lactation. Postnatal nutritional guidance is beneficial as the mothers intake greatly influences the vitamin and mineral composition of breast milk to promote infants growth, cognitive development and long term health. ​

Medicare & Private Health Rebates:

Private Health helps cover the dietetic services fees without a GP referral. To learn your level of cover, check with your private health insurance company. An invoice will be provided after you make a payment to collect rebates off your insurance company.

A GP referral is required when patients wish to claim on medicare, medicare covers chronic conditions and obesity (BMI >25kg/m2).​ Medicare covers $54.60 a session, and you will only be required to pay the gap.​​

Nikki Brown-Shepherd

Accredited Practising Dietitian


IG: @wholistic.dietetics

Ph: 0467645544