Guiding You Through Prenatal And Postpartum Nutrition
We are delighted to offer virtual consultations for nutritional advice to both prenatal and postpartum families. This advice will arm you with the relevant information to make educated choices when it comes to your nutrition as a pregnant mother and for your family long term. You can book a free 15 minute introduction call above to discuss your challenges and learn more on the services with Sonja, our Holistic Nutritionist.
Keeping yourself nutritionally healthy during pregnancy in turn influences the health of your developing baby. Ensuring that you eat well and have the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients will help you feel your best and allows the baby to grow optimally. Eating a variety of healthy foods that include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and protein as well as reducing the amount of sodium, sugars and saturated fat will ensure you are giving your baby the best start. Not only that, but making sure you get the right level of vitamins and reduce the risk of birth defects Food poisoning is also a higher risk while pregnant and can be dangerous to you and your developing baby; our nutritionist Sonja can support you with both food safety and foods to avoid during pregnancy.
Postnatal and Family Nutrition
For many new mummies, particularly if you choose to breastfeed, the right nutritional balance is critical for recovery, milk production and rest. This is often balanced with a desire to ‘lose baby weight’ but this should not be the main goal postpartum. Our nutritionist Sonja can help you navigate what are great foods to promote and support lactation and recovery.
For family nutrition, Sonja’s aim is to help parents navigate through the maze of information and support families in eating well. Our Nutritionist service educates and inspires families through interactive workshops and personalized consultations. We understand that time is at a premium and teach families how to prepare homemade meals and snacks that are quick, delicious and appealing to the most discerning of food critics – our wee ones.
Our Nutrition Services with Sonja include a one-to-one consultation that takes place in the comfort of your own home via Zoom. Nutrition topics available for discussion include pre-conception care, pregnancy care, post-natal care and infant nutrition as well as toddler, child & family nutrition. We can cover specific topics relating to your family’s lifestyle from consultations on picky eaters, transitioning to solids, baby led weaning, fussy toddlers and more.
Please share with Sonja that WE DID IT!! Morning of my surgery, my final weigh in was a weight gain of 14.6 lbs, which by the time you subtract 1 lb for the placenta, another 2 lbs for the amniotic fluid, and another 3-4 lbs for increased blood volume… plus a 7lb baby… I basically only gained pregnancy related weight! Woohoo!! So thrilled!!Denise from Oakville
Basically, we stayed the course and did everything Jennifer recommended. We were super diligent and tried to stay calm and believe that if we kept it up and worked with him he would get there. Then suddenly, two weeks ago, he had a major breakthrough!! Getting in all his back molars also seemed to help his confidence and make him less afraid of choking, which I think was a major factor. In the past two weeks he has eaten massaman curry, yellow dhal, rice, sambhar, pasta with mascarpone, tofu, scrambled eggs, bananas, strawberries, and every roasted vegetable you could imagine. I really can’t believe this little guy has made such great progress. And the irony is that even if he was “behind” as you can see he is now a fantastic, adventurous eater. Anyways, I thought you might like to hear George’s success story. Thank you so much for your help!! And all the best!Leigha from Toronto
How You Can Access this Service:
Private classes are not available for this service at this time.
On-site is not available for this service at this time.
Virtual classes are ideal during COVID, are great for families with busy schedules, or for those who live out of our offered locations. They are hosted over Zoom and are available to anyone no matter their geographic location. For the best experience, we recommend viewing from a laptop with a high-speed internet connection.
How can a nutritionist help me during pregnancy?
Specialist nutritional advice in pregnancy can ensure that between exhaustion, morning sickness, and ravenous hunger you are getting the right balance of foods for yourself and your growing baby. Our nutritionist Sonja can help you with understanding how much weight you should gain to understanding prenatal vitamins and hydration in a balance that is tailored to you individually.
What about postpartum weight loss?
For the first 6 weeks after birth new mummies should not even begin thinking about weight loss. The focus should be on recovery from delivering your precious new arrival and focusing on your overall recovery and breastfeeding, if you choose to.
Does my diet impact my ability to breast feed my baby?
Good hydration is critical while breastfeeding and there are ways in which you can increase your hydration levels postpartum, including eating foods that are naturally rich in water such as fruit and vegetables as well as keeping a bottle of water with you when you feed.
To maintain your milk supply, the best diet is one rich in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. Our nutritionist Sonja, can help you to ensure your diet meets the nutritional balance which breastfeeding a baby requires from your body, fueling both your little one and yourself.
How do I make meal preparation simple?
Simple, convenient meals are critical to making sure you have the correct dietary balance and our nutritionists focus on areas such as batch cooking and minimizing the number of ingredients used whist at the same time providing tasty, interesting meals that will please even the fussiest eaters in the family.
What vitamins should I take postpartum?
Postpartum nutrition should focus on recovery and healing; foods rich in iron, vitamin D, iodine and vitamin B12 are all key components of these and should be incorporated wherever possible. These can be found in red meat, leafy greens, eggs, dairy and fatty fish such as tuna and salmon.
Our Holistic Nutritionist Sonja will work with you to accommodate your own needs, allergies, intolerances and dietary preferences.
I’m vegan, can I breastfeed?
You can absolutely breastfeed and follow a vegetarian/vegan or another similar type of diet as long as you eat a variety of foods, including fortified ones, that together ensure you are consuming the required minerals and vitamins which as vitamin B12, iron and zinc.
While a vegan diet is healthy, some vitamins and nutrients are more difficult to get when you eat this way so you may want to supplement your diet with vitamin B12, DHA, iron, and zinc to fill any possible gaps. Our nutritionist Sonja, can ensure that you have the right balance to properly nourish both yourself and your baby.