According to Wikipedia, “nutrition (also called nourishment or aliment) is the provision, to cells and organisms, of the materials necessary (in the form of food) to support life. Many common health problems can be prevented or alleviated with a healthy diet.”
Many of us are well aware of how good (or not so good) we provide for ourselves the nourishment that our bodies need. During pregnancy we become even more acutely aware because now we are faced with the responsibility of growing another living being. How cool is that! We have a very important reason to educate ourselves about food!
Using the above as a working definition of nutrition, let’s look at the importance of nutrition during pregnancy. We need to provide ourselves with food that supports life. Well, now we’re supporting two lives. While we should get more quantity that doesn’t necessarily mean that we should eat for two but more so that we should be keenly aware of the quality of our food. During pregnancy a healthy diet can prevent most of what are now called the “common discomforts of pregnancy” (heartburn, nausea, vomiting, backache, headache) as well as some more major illnesses as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth, smaller than gestational age babies, larger than gestational age babies and many others. What’s that you ask, “how do you make sure your baby gets what he/she needs to grow healthy and strong?”
Here are a few pointers:
Protein- supplies the building material (the bricks) necessary to replace the ones that have completed their life cycle. In pregnancy it supplies the new material needed as your little one forms and grows
Carbohydrates- supply the energy the body needs to perform all its processes. Think of carbohydrates as the spark on the log that gets the fire going for a short period of time
Fats- supply a concentrated source of energy in the diet. They also supply the building blocks for our cell membranes and hormones. They are assistive to the absorption of nutrients from our food because they slow down the digestive process and act as carriers for the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K
Fruits and Vegetables- supply the essential vitamins and minerals that we need from plant sources such as Vitamin C, and the minerals Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium
As a Clinical Nutritionist, a health professional who focuses on the role of nutrition in chronic disease, including prevention or remediation by addressing nutritional deficiencies before resorting to drugs, I have tools that I use to assist the body to restore good health. Pregnancy is such a critically important time to eat well for the prevention of chronic disease for your child as well as for yourself. I am committed to assisting you on this educational, possibly lifestyle changing, journey. Feeding your baby well starts before conception and continues throughout their growing years.
In Love, Light and Optimal Health for you and your baby,
Memaniye Cinque, CNM, CN
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Birthing services include prenatal care, assistance through labor and delivery, and postpartum care. Prenatal care is provided in a home office setting until the last month of pregnancy. During the last month of pregnancy, all prenatal care is provided at the family’s home.
Well woman services include annual GYN exams, gynecological healing (ie. counseling and treatment of STDs, irregular bleeding, menopause), and family planning.
All services focus on creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with balanced nutrition and exercise.
As we walk this joyous journey together there will be items that we need to talk about and complete by the time we come to our journey’s end. Some of those items include forms and lab work. As a client in this practice you will be able to see a full To-Do list in your electronic chart. It is said that knowledge plus understanding equals wisdom (Proverbs). It is my desire to empower you on this journey by increasing your knowledge to the best of my ability. Your understanding increases with the questions you ask. So ask away! I encourage you to come to each visit with your list!
The following section provides information about the recommended lab work that occurs throughout this process. Please read the information relevant to your upcoming visit so that you may come with questions to gain full understanding before giving your informed consent.