Sylvia has special expertise in pregnancy nutrition through her PhD research exploring hyperinsulinaemia in pregnancy (insulin resistance) and gestational diabetes.
Nutrition for fertility and pregnancy is all about supporting mother nature do what she does best. There are few things in the natural world that we have complete control over, but what we do get to choose is our environment, lifestyle, and the things we put into our bodies.
Lifestyle nutrition for supporting fertility and pregnancy is about eating real food. It’s also about looking at the way we live ensuring our vital human needs for safety, sunshine, movement, and connection are being met.
Good nutrition sets the stage for healthy hormones and conception
Conception is seriously a physiological miracle. The more we understand about the processes that come into play to make sure everything is perfectly lined up to work correctly is mind-blowing. What’s amazing about fertility nutrition is that we don’t need to calculate every food choice so that we obtain the perfect amount of nutrients daily. Our bodies have an innate capacity to do the fine-tuning for us. That means, your body already knows what to do.
When planning nutrition to support fertility, we’ll look at your diet as a whole to ensure balance and nutrient density. We’ll also consider several lifestyle factors that affect the way your body deals with stress. Giving yourself plenty of time to adopt lifestyle changes gradually means that whenever the time is right, your body will be fully supported for the changes ahead throughout your pregnancy journey.
Use food to support your body during your pregnancy journey
Pregnancy is a time of extremely elevated nutritional needs for mum and baby. The reasons why we have increased needs for many micronutrients include:
- To support rapid cell division during the first trimester
- Growth and changes in mum’s body including breasts, placenta, uterus, and increased blood volume.
- Baby’s rapid growth mid to late pregnancy.
Throughout your pregnancy, we’ll work together to plan your nutrition to include nutrient-dense foods that support the natural changes in your body plus any specific considerations unique to your journey.
Throughout pregnancy, mum’s can also experience major hormonal changes that can sometimes make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels. These hormonal changes can also sometimes lead to high blood pressure. In some cases, this can be diagnosed as gestational diabetes. Special diet and lifestyle considerations can be helpful for managing these symptoms too.
If you have been diagnosed with gestation diabetes in your current or in a previous pregnancy, let me help you understand how different foods and meals act differently on your blood sugar levels. We’ll work on a personalised plan throughout your pregnancy to help manage your blood sugar levels so that you can cherish this special time without having to stress about what to eat.
Eating well postpartum is jut eat important, if not more than, during pregnancy. Your body is going through major healing, as well as initiating breastfeeding. This means your body’s needs for many micronutrients and energy are still higher than usual.
Do I need to take a supplement?
Although at the core we believe in sourcing your nutrition from eating whole foods, pregnancy is a time when our micronutrient needs significantly increase. Certain supplements may be helpful to full potential gaps and to ensure your needs are being met.
Be careful! Not all prenatal supplements are created equal. Working with me, we will discuss a supplement plan to meet your unique needs.
You can also check out my blog on prenatal supplements for tips on the best products and ingredients to look out for.