All our pregnant moms get to see an entire Care Team, and they also go home with a Baby Box full of goodies for the baby.
Learning to read nutrition labels is a great first start to cutting out certain foods and decreasing calories.
“We understand that our whole Care Team plays an important role in taking care of all the needs a patient has,” Jamie Solomon, Registered Dietitian at our Baseline Clinic said. “When you go to a normal doctor’s office you are missing key parts of the healthcare team. It’s impossible for one doctor, one dietitian or one psychologist to know all the answers. That’s why having all of us together under one roof makes us stand out and take better care of our pregnant moms.”
Focusing on the Future
Research shows that overweight women, and those who gain too much weight during pregnancy, are more likely to put themselves and their babies at risk for complications. Problems such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, emergency C-sections and high birth rates are more likely to occur in women who gain excess weight during pregnancy.
“We educate our moms and make them aware of proper nutrition and physical activity,” Jamie said. “We are doing this because we know that it affects the unborn child. If a mom is gaining too much weight during her pregnancy, the baby is more likely to battle obesity as an adult. We are trying to make a positive impact in the obesity epidemic before a child is even born.”
Since prevention is key to controlling many chronic conditions that stem from obesity, our registered dietitians spend more time with our pregnant patients who are overweight or who are more likely to gain excess weight during pregnancy.
“We noticed that our pregnant moms who met with one of our registered dietitians regularly gained five pounds less than those who only saw us occasionally during their pregnancy,” Jamie said.
Making Behavior Changes
Pregnancy can be overwhelming and often comes with many food cravings. So our registered dietitians educate them about what foods are necessary during pregnancy, how to properly portion control and manage hunger, and what to avoid or indulge in sparingly. This not only makes our patients more aware and motivated, but also accountable for their own health outcomes.
During the first prenatal/OB visit our registered dietitians build a relationship with the patient and learn about their daily habits.
“It is important for the registered dietitian to build a trusting relationship with patients so they feel comfortable to be honest with us and share where they are struggling,” Jamie said. “We start off by simply finding out what the patient’s typical dietary habits consist of. We look for red flags such as not getting enough fruits, vegetables or protein on a daily basis. We also assess if the patient is having excess added sugars in their diets from things like beverages and sweets.”
Working as a team helps our patients make small changes. These small changes make a big impact and ensure their child has a healthy start in life.
If you’re pregnant or looking to get pregnant, call us to schedule an appointment: (602) 243-7277.