Proper nutrition is critical through your life, but especially when you are pregnant. Find out how Valley Perinatal Services can help you.
Nutrition and Pregnancy
During pregnancy, the food choices that you make are often based on your cravings. However, when you’re expecting, eating healthy foods is more important than ever before. You do not have to figure out your dietary plan alone. Our certified nurse practitioners will help you make the right choices for the wellbeing of both you and your baby.
Balanced Meals are Best
There is a multitude of vitamins and minerals that you need to provide your baby with the right nutrients. It is not just about “eating for two,” but rather eating balanced meals for two. Changing the way you eat can help the future growth and development of your child, improve your health, and ease the future labor process. No matter how far along you are in your pregnancy, it is never too late to adopt a healthy eating plan.
The food that you eat daily also affects how our bodies function and maintain energy. During pregnancy, your body is hard at work sustaining your baby. By giving your body the essential foods it needs, it will be more efficient in supplying energy.
We Will Help You Create and Follow a Nutritional Plan
To help in the planning process, our certified nurse practitioners provide comprehensive counseling on nutrition and diabetes. We tailor our services to fit your needs by providing personalized meal plans and highly specialized treatment plans. This gives you the support you need to make any necessary nutritional decisions.
One-on-One Counseling and Planning
Our program offers one-on-one counseling sessions and an easy-to-follow written plan for nutritional management, as well as diabetes management. We offer one-time consultations or complete management throughout the pregnancy
Nutrition and pregnancy go hand-in-hand.
Babies need a lot during pregnancy, and nutritional counseling can be helpful for various types of women who are looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their unborn child. One of our certified nurse practitioners will analyze your history of eating habits, as well as your current health in order to gain a thorough understanding. We will then provide information about how certain foods affect your body during pregnancy, as well as why certain foods should be included in your diet. Meal plans, along with other nutritional advice, will be given to supplement your diet during pregnancy.
Diabetes, Pregnancy and Nutrition
If you have diabetes, it is especially important to be aware of what you are eating. Babies who are born to women with diabetes are at a higher risk of birth defects. This risk happens because high blood glucose levels pass through the placenta. The high levels in the first trimester could disrupt organ growth for the baby. Even the first few weeks at the beginning of the pregnancy are vital to the baby. Therefore, it is important to stabilize blood sugar levels before your pregnancy to prevent any damage to your baby. As your pregnancy progresses, it is crucial that you continue to monitor your nutrition and diet.
The Valley Perinatal team has created a program that is specifically designed to fit the needs of women who may suffer from preexisting or gestational diabetes. . Through personal consultation with a registered nurse practitioner, this program can help you maintain a healthy blood sugar level throughout your pregnancy. Our specialized team understands how diabetes can affect the outcome of the birth, and is here to give the best advice to the patient.
Insulin Pump Training & Management
As part of our services, we provide comprehensive insulin pump training and management for our patients who want better control over their blood sugar levels. The program can help patients at any level of experience.
We are dedicated to creating the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies, which includes nutritional counseling. Ask your Ob/Gyn about a referral to Valley Perinatal Services or contact us with any questions.