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How to Optimize Prenatal Nutrition
Optimal fetal development in the modern world requires a comprehensive plan that ideally begins well before pregnancy. As pregnancy nutritionists, we recommend that you start your pregnancy diet plan 3-12 months before conception.
This also includes Dad! Yes, nutrition plays an important role in sperm quality as well, and male-driven infertility is increasingly common.
Important Nutrients for Prenatal Nutrition
A critical component of a prenatal wellness plan is nutrition. Naturally, nutrition is incredibly powerful when it comes to prenatal development. Nutrients like choline, iodine, EPA and DHEA omega-3 fats, folate, and iron have been shown to significantly impact fetal and child development. These differences persist even into school age. For example, language development and cognition in children are both impacted by nutrition before birth. Thus, nutrients are important for avoiding birth defects and promoting both cognitive and verbal development.
Consequently, many women fall short on these important fetal-development nutrients.
When it comes to providing optimal nutrition for a developing baby, many women are given the false impression that a prenatal vitamin is sufficient. However, most prenatal vitamins don’t contain the correct forms and dosing of nutrients that are needed.
Components of Prenatal Nutrition
Your baby’s development may be impacted by other health factors, most of which can be controlled and improved with prenatal dietary interventions. For example, this includes your:
- Blood sugar balance
- Microbiome, also known a gut health
- Essential fatty acid status, such as omega-3s
- Natural detoxification pathways
- Toxic load (common environmental exposures)
- Inflammatory triggers
- Diet and lifestyle
- Antioxidant status
All of these factors can profoundly impact each step of your child’s journey, from pre-conception through postpartum. Optimal fetal development depends on the successful integration of hormones, shifts in the gut microbiome, and immune system. Also, it is critical that these changes occur in synchrony with one another.
Yet, many women are already experiencing dysfunction in one or more of these systems before they conceive. The various shifts throughout the body during pregnancy and postpartum cause even greater breakdowns.
We are Specialists in Prenatal Nutrition
By working with a certified pregnancy nutritionist, you get a customized plan that optimizes your pre-conception, prenatal, and postnatal wellness. As clinical nutrition experts, we are trained to look at the whole picture when developing your nutrition plan. For instance, we start with a full diet and environment assessment. You’ll also have the option of getting a full micronutrient panel (link to testing page), so that you know exactly what nutrients you may be low in.
Then, we’ll advise you on how to implement a specific, realistic, and healthful dietary approach that optimizes your nutritional status for your baby. You’ll have access to meal plans, recipes, and support from us, so that implementing your diet plan is stress-free.
Also, we don’t just give you a plan and send you out the door. Expect thorough support throughout your conception, pregnancy, and postpartum journey!
Take our Pregnancy Nutrition Planning Quiz!
Here’s an Overview of Our Results-Driven Process
We want to get to know you better! Start by completing our secure forms. We collect a detailed assessment and also any labs you wish to provide. We want the whole story!
This is your first initial visit! We’ll review your assessment and offer you choices for first steps. Then you’ll get a detailed plan with all of the info and support that you need for success.
Complete any desired additional assessments, such as: Functional lab testing, body composition or metabolic assessment, or blood glucose monitoring (optional).
Get additional support with group programs or weekly email check-ins.
Meet with us on a recurring basis to further optimize your plan, move to further stages, and eventually achieve independent wellness!
With our process, you’ll have the confidence in knowing that you’re doing all you can to support your baby’s healthy growth. And we’ll support you every step of the way!
Remember, the ideal time to start your prenatal nutrition plan is 3-12 months before conception. And don’t forget, his includes Dad!
Set up a call with us to discuss how we can help you with a plan to optimize your prenatal nutrition.
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Nutrition Professionals You Can Trust
Many claim to be a nutritionist. However, only a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) meets the academic requirements. This includes extensive clinical training, a nutrition degree from an accredited university, passing a rigorous board exam, and meeting continuing education requirements. Further, we are Licensed Registered Dietitians (LDNs) in the state of North Carolina. We are further credentialed in Integrative and Functional Nutrition. We stay informed of guidelines set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in order to provide our patients with expert nutrition counseling.