Whether you are laying the foundation for baby in preconception or enjoyable sleepless nights in the fourth trimester, food should be at the heart of everything that you do. While the process of giving birth is primal, the smorgasbord of what’s offered today makes food something to be actively thinking about the whole way through, not only for your growing baby but for your own mental and physical wellbeing. Studies have shown that nutrition and maternal mental health disorders are causally related, which means that it makes sense to be booking a few appointments throughout the journey to make sure that you are on track. We found some local specialists who have hit this life-stage themselves.
Ocean Rock Wellness is Bermuda’s leading wellness centre that looks at how well your body is functioning as a whole rather than individual systems. Its co-founders Dr. Ayesha Peets Talbot, Beth Hollis and Dr. Sabrina Famous (all mothers themselves) have hand-picked a team of specialists in each area of health so that you gain a variety of resources and tools to provide you with a well-rounded, holistic approach to better health. Find out how you can support mood and maternal mood conditions, support hormonal balance, preconception, fertility, and pregnancy through a free phone consultation.
Island Nutrition’s uniqueness is that they only employ registered dieticians (see the difference between dietitians and nutritionists here). They run on an evidenced-based philosophy (mostly rooted in UK teachings) with individualised dietary advice for women who are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant, postpartum and/or breastfeeding. Not to mention, specialised advice can be provided to help clients with infant/child feeding, failure-to-thrive (poor growth), inborn errors of metabolism, paediatric obesity/weight management, food allergies/intolerance and GI issues such as constipation.
Natural Nutrition is an award-winning nutritional therapy consultancy that has a more fun-loving approach to working with individuals, groups and entire families – meaning that they work with the thought that preparing food, exercise and health should make you happy and that the idea of being “healthy” comes in all different shapes and sizes. Catherine Burns, BA Hon, Dip ION, mBNTA, Nutritional Therapist is the founder of the Natural Nutrition Brand and, as a mother herself, has a special interest in working with women at this life-stage.
At Anew – Applied Nutrition, Exercise & Wellness, programmes are run by a registered dietitian, Arlene MacGuinness, and with the thought that when an individual reaches their optimum level of wellness and functional capability, everyone benefits. Arlene is a mother of two and offers maternal nutrition, which has been shown to have a huge effect on maternal mood disorders before and after baby, and pediatric nutrition, plus intuitive and mindful eating counselling.
Pink Coast Nutrition is about being simple and sustainable. Lucy is a mother of two and understands the challenges of trying to balance it all. Her approach provides evidence-based nutritional recommendations for a preventative approach to health, seeking the root cause of health problems rather than treating symptoms of poor health. On top of that, she is an ACE certified personal trainer, which adds to the package.
While your nutritional therapy doesn’t have to be done by a woman, we thought it fine that these ones have been there done that, and so are in the business of helping maternal nutrition and mental health at a time when everything can be so unsure. They have all been highly recommended for you to contact them directly for a consultation and find who works for you.