Prior to coming along to your 1st appointment we will send you a food diary and pre-consultation questionnaire to complete.
You will return this to us before the appointment preferably at least 24 hours before. This gives us time to do a lot of the assessment component before you come to the initial consultation. There will still be additional information we will need to discuss with you, but this way we do not waste valuable time collecting information that you can easily send to us before hand.
During the initial consultation we collect some additional important information, take a baseline body weight, discuss our assessment, your pregnancy (or post-pregnancy) nutrition goals and then get on to developing appropriate recommendations and a tailored nutrition plan for you.
To develop a valuable, personalised plan that can be incorporated in to your lifestyle and family needs, we need around 48 hours after the initial consultation to develop it in its entirety. After all this will include a shopping guide, meal plan, recipes etc so a fair bit of work needs to be done.
Once we have sent you the plan we encourage you to have a thorough read, contact us if there is anything that you would like clarification on, and then get shopping (and eating)!
During the Maternal Nutrition Program you will have 1 scheduled face-to-face review with the Nutrition Melbourne Dietitian. There will also be 1 scheduled email support session to provide additional assistance in between the face-to-face consultations. Your nutrition requirements change depending on your stage of pregnancy so timing of reviews will vary from person to person.
Upon completion of the Nutrition Melbourne Maternal Nutrition Program many women choose to continue having regular ongoing review consultations with our Dietitians. If you would like ongoing support and accountability the frequency of reviews is entirely up to you. This is best discussed directly with the dietitian.
"I have been suffering terrible morning sickness, I can’t seem to keep anything down and am worried about I am not getting enough nutrition for my baby."
This is a common problem, and our approach here is to provide guidance, support and reassurance along the way. We look at strategies for symptom management and maximising the times when you are feeling ok. At times we will also provide a skype/phone/email consultation alternative as leaving the house to attend an appointment may not be practical.
"I am scared I am gaining too much weight for this stage of my pregnancy."
It is certainly possible to over consume when you are ‘eating for two’. The fact is, it is nutrient requirements that increase significantly relative to energy requirements. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can lead to adverse implications for the health of you and your baby therefore smart selection of food choices can be an effective way to manage appetite and weight. We will discuss which food combinations work to provide a comfortable level of fullness whilst meeting nutrient needs and healthy weight management.
"I am a little over half way through my pregnancy, is it too late to start the Maternal Nutrition Program?"
Not at all. There are many aspects to consider moving forward. We have the blood test around 26 weeks still to come which assesses blood glucose tolerance, you transition through the second and third trimester to which we discuss some additional nutrition focal points, and there are important discussions and strategies to consider regarding life & nutrition after pregnancy!