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Prenatal Nutrition Counselling

At the Prenatal Nutrition Clinic a Registered Dietitian can answer your questions about healthy eating before pregnancy, during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
About

This clinic is here to help you find answers to your nutrition questions. Nutrition counselling is available pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and after delivery.  Our Registered Dietitians will work one-on-one with you for one or more visits to optimize nutrition for your needs.

Some questions you might have for one of our dietitians:

  • Do I need to take vitamins?
  • What is the right weight gain for me?
  • How do I know if I am eating enough?
  • How do I lose weight before I get pregnant?
  • I need more iron, what foods have lots of iron?
  • How much more do I have to eat for twins or triplets?
  • I don't drink milk.  How can I make sure that I get enough calcium?
  • I'm vegetarian.  How can I make sure that I get enough iron and protein?
  • What foods should I avoid during pregnancy?
  • I avoid several foods due to allergies - am I missing anything my baby needs?
  • What can I do about my morning sickness or heartburn or constipation?
  • I'm planning a pregnancy - how much folic acid do I need to take?
  • I am breastfeeding and pregnant with a new baby - how do I know that I'm getting enough to eat?

Our Registered Dietitians will work one-on-one with you for one or more visits to optimize nutrition for your needs.

Appointments
To book an appointment with a Prenatal Dietitian contact us directly at (604) 875-2330 or have your doctor, midwife or nurse practitioner complete a referral form.

Before your first appointment, please keep track and write down everything you eat and drink for 2 days.  Bring this information and any supplements you take with you to the appointment.

Bring a notebook or something to take notes to help you remember the information we give to you at your appointment. 

Resources

Healthy Families BC  Blog-style articles about various health and nutrition topics specific to parents, children and families

Healthlink BC  information for food safety and nutition in pregnancy.  Website has a searchable database for information on all sorts of topics

Motherisk  information about the safety of various medications, herbs and supplements in pregnancy and for breastfeeding along with information about infectious diseases and other conditions in pregnancy

BC Women's Foundation eNews: 

Health Canada - The Healthy Pregnancy Guide  pregnancy calendar, quiz and health information for pregnancy

Healthy Weights in Pregnancy  information on recommended weight gain for pregnancy based on pre-pregnancy weight

BC Women's Nutrition Services  contact information for Nutrition Services at BC Women's Hospital


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