Give your child the best start
Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum Care are all very important stages to consider.
Each stage provides your baby with the best possible start to lifeThe food and lifestyle choices you make before conception and throughout your baby’s first 1000 days of life lay the foundations for your baby’s growth and development.
I thoroughly recommend Kate at Lifespark Nutrition to anyone who is considering working with a nutritionist. After trying for over half a year to get pregnant I went on the 'Pre Pregnancy Program Nutrition Plan' and in the space of being on this program for one month I lost over 5kg and then subsequently got pregnant with our second daughter. I felt much healthier and happier after going on this plan, and was able to keep the habits that I had established when working with Kate going, and consequently I had a very enjoyable pregnancy and also felt very good knowing that I was giving our baby the best diet that I could while she was in utero. During the pregnancy Kate was able to help me out with meal plans and ideas for lunches since this was the meal I struggled the most with due to the limitations on certain foods during pregnancy. I am eight weeks post-partum today and I am looking forward to working with Kate again on a 'Post Pregnancy Plan' in a couple of months so I can gradually work back to my pre-pregnancy size.
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It’s an exciting time to want to start a family or add to your family. The preconception journey is an opportunity to lay the foundations for fertility, a healthy pregnancy, birth and of course a beautiful healthy child.
However it’s important to make sure you and your partner are in the best health possible. Your combined health will affect your baby’s health and their children. Genes are passed on!
Research shows that early intervention prior to conception is key to reducing risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia (high blood pressure), neural tube defects, congenital malformations, autism, underweight or overweight babies, premature birth to name a few.
Many don’t realise that nutritional deficiencies, stress, illness, toxin exposure, being overweight/ obese, smoking, inactivity can influence the health of the sperm and/or egg prior to conception.
It’s best to start your preconception programme 4 months prior to ‘trying’ to correct any hormonal imbalances (i.e endometriosis, PCOS, irregular menstruation), nutrient deficiencies, insulin sensitivity, sperm and egg health to help prevent fertility issues and give your child the best start.
Your Lifespark Pre Conception Programme will identify any areas of concern and develop a plan of action to get you and your partner in optimal health!
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Congratulations on your pregnancy!
This is such a special time helping a baby grow. This growth process takes a huge amount of energy and nutrition and therefore is crucial to eat a nutrient dense diet with fruit, vegetables, healthy fats, proteins and wholesome carbohydrates.
It can also be overwhelming and hard to navigate around the food safety concerns, morning sickness, fatigue, knowing what to eat and how much and what supplements to take other than folate and iodine. Nutrient deficiencies can easily occur like iron.
Your Lifespark pregnancy support programme will help you identify what key nutrients your body may need and how to implement that into a meal plan so you don’t have to keep juggling work, stress and meal planning to make sure you are getting the most for you and your baby. Know what nutrients are particularly important at different stages.
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Congratulations to you and your newborn! How life changes!
However, we need to keep focus on looking after ourselves as much as our babies. Breastfeeding is really important and you need to make sure you are eating well for you to produce adequate healthy milk supply as well as keeping yourself well. Having a meal planner set out for you to take help with meal planning will be a great relief so you don’t have to think about it or can delegate others to make it. Eating well can help with reducing gestational weight gain and improve energy levels and mood.
Kate was a huge help when I needed some guidance around meal planning and vitamins while trying to conceive and pregnancy. She was very informative about what vitamins are needed for optimum health during this important time. She had loads of great ideas around meals and snacks, and also what foods to avoid. Being gluten and dairy free meals can be a challenge for me, and Kate helped me to come up with ideas that are simple and healthy.
I came to see Kate when I was in the early stages of pregnancy with my second child. My first pregnancy had some challenges, unfortunately I got gestational diabetes and had to use insulin. Kate told me if I went on a low carb, low sugar diet I could avoid getting gestational diabetes again. I'm now 24 weeks pregnant and just got my GTT results back. Everything is NORMAL! No diabetes!! Thank you so much Kate, for helping me on this journey. You have been really supportive and put up with all my grumbles. Baby thanks you too!