MATERNAL NUTRITION

Whether you’re planning, popping, or finished pushing I am sure you understand a million times over how important your health is to create and grow a healthy bub, whether that baby be inside or earthside.

This program translates the medical ho-ha and the most up to date scientific research into real talk. Its professional guidance during times ladies require it most- pregnancy. 

 

Pregnancy is the 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. 

 

The maternal program is broken down into 3 stages;

  1. Preconception

  2. Pregnancy 

  3. Parenting

Ladies can commence at any stage, although starting at stage 1 is recommended for optimal results.

Maternal nutrition health is especially important for bub when planning, pregnant and breastfeeding because bub relies solely on their mummas to get adequate nutrients to grow and develop. 
 

STAGE 1, Preconception: 

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.

 

Preconception care should be initiated 3 months prior to the baby-making dance as changes take consistency and time. As a dietitian, I liaise up with your chosen obstetrician during this time to ensure the best team approach to optimise your health, your fertility and your pregnancy outcomes. 

 

The details: 

Initial Consultation  (3-4 months prior to conception, 60-90 minutes)

This is where I gather all the information about you that is required to create your pre-conception plan. Including medical history, factors influencing intake, previous dieting history, anthropometry, and analysis of blood tests and genetic profile (optional). Specific nutrition recommendations, education, goal setting and counselling is included. Initial consultations are 60 minutes in duration, following on from the initial consultation you will receive:

  • Individualised supplementation plan: 
    This includes essential high-quality, evidenced-backed supplements that are required to replenish your nutrient stores, balancing hormones and preparing your body to grow a healthy bub. Supplementation is vital during this time, as the body requires high amounts of vital nutrients that cannot be attained through diet alone.

  • Customised meal plan (optional):
    A 7-day flexible meal plan targeted at your individualised needs, whether that be reducing weight without restricting vital nutrients, improving health and wellbeing, minimising supplementation, improving gut health, decreasing the stress around eating, cheating maintainable and sustainable eating habits, minimising food waste and preparing your body for pregnancy. It provides you with simple, healthy meal options that nourish your body and fit within your schedule without the feeling of being on a diet, a shopping list to take the stress out of what to eat, and an option to get your man involved in eating healthy.

 

Review consultations (every 4 weeks, 30-45 minutes)

During this time I will measure your progress, reassess your progress, make any required changes to your nutrition and supplementation plan and support you with any challenges or changes that arise. Top-ups of your supplement will also be provided to you during this time.    

STAGE 2: PREGNANCY:

This stage is all about nourishing your growing belly and bub while supporting your body nutritionally through pregnancy symptoms you may face. 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 cravings. Stage 2 involves:

Initial consultation (week 0-4 of pregnancy)

This is where I gather all the information about you that is required to create your pre-conception plan. Including medical history, factors influencing intake, previous dieting history, anthropometry, and analysis of blood tests and genetic profile (optional). Specific nutrition recommendations, education, goal setting and counselling is included.

Note: If an initial consultation has been complete during the preconception stages, only a review consultation is required. 

Initial consultations are 60 minutes in duration, following on from the initial consultation you will receive an:

  • Individualised supplementation plan 

This includes essential high-quality, evidenced-backed supplements that are required to meet your nutrient requirements for a healthy growing belly and bub. Supplementation is vital during pregnancy, as the body requires high amounts of vital nutrients that cannot be attained through diet alone. I can also provide safe supplements to assist with uncomfortable symptoms such as morning sickness, muscle aches and pains, poor sleep and compromised immune system. Over the trimester’s supplements will change to adapt to your increasing needs. 

  • Customised meal plan (optional)

A 7-day flexible meal plan targeted at your individualised needs during each trimester can be provided to meet your growing nutrient and energy intake needs, as well as strategies and options to overcome the pregnancy food exclusions and food safety recommendations. A customised meal plan takes the stress out of eating and food shopping by providing a 7-day meal plan with multiple options each meal, variety, delicious recipes, a shopping list and an option to add your baby daddy.
 

Review consultations (every 4-8 weeks, 30-45 minutes)

During this time I will reassess your progress, make any required changes to your nutrition and supplementation plan and support each stage of pregnancies needs. Depending on the level of support you require, and the stage of pregnancy will depend on how often reviews are booked.

We also support new mothers to feel amazing in their skin post-pregnancy. 

Medicare referrals are accepted for those with chronic health conditions and complex care needs. You can obtain a referral through your local general practitioner (GP) or pediatrician to offset the cost of Dietetic services.

Cost of service for mum or bub:

Initial consultation $85 

Review consultations $65

Individualised meal plans incur an extra fee. 

Rebates available:

With a referral from your GP or pediatrician, initial consultations will result in only a $30 out of pocket fee and will cover 100% of the fee for referred review visits.

 

Where Medicare or NDIS doesn’t fund services, benefits may be available through your private health insurer for allied health services under ancillary or extras, depending on your agreed level of cover. It’s important to check with your private health insurer prior to making an appointment.

When using a rebate with us, you are required to pay for your session in full.

We will issue you a receipt that you need to use to claim your eligible rebate back from Medicare. There are several ways you can access Medicare:

  • visit your local Medicare Service Centre;

  • access your Medicare online account (through myGov);

  • download the Express Plus Medicare mobile app; or

  • by mail.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss how you can access nutrition support for yourself or your bub.

Nikki Brown-Shepherd

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Nikki Brown-Shepherd

wholisticbynikki@gmail.com

Fax: 07) 5604 1121

John Flynn Private Hospital- Specialist Suites

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