You guys! I have the best post for you today.
I have been
stalking following Carley of Oh Baby Nutrition for quite sometime now and I am obsessed with her beautiful spirit, and sheer knowledge when it comes to women’s health, really. But specifically focusing on the needs of momma and baby. You will all love her! She is SUCH a wealth of information so please check out her website and follow her on the insta-machine!
I really love her philosophy – we tend to have very similar ideals (EAT FAT) and agree on one very important thing, every person, every woman is so vastly different that there is no such thing as ONE perfect diet. I love that everything she does appears to be coated in love, and if I had found her maybe four or five years ago, I’d be on Skype with her everyday trying to figure out what I could do to live a better life and hopefully get myself knocked up.
Oh, and she’s Canadian, which makes her pretty amazing. She is likely the classiest most wonderful thing that has ever graced this blog!
So ENJOY! xo
Interview with Carley of Oh Baby Nutrition!
Can you give us just a quick bio and tell us how you came to be involved in such a wonderful area of health and wellness for females during their childbearing years?
I’m a Holistic Nutritionist and I specialize in naturally nourishing mama & baby through fertility, pregnancy & postpartum. The pregnancy and birth of my son deeply reinforced my devotion to help other women thrive during their childbearing years. Proper nutrition is essential for both mother and baby, but figuring out what that means can be very confusing. By combining the wisdom of traditional cultures with the findings of modern science, I hope to empower women with knowledge and confidence.
If you could give women who are trying to conceive just one piece of advice when it comes to the role nutrition and conception play, what would it be?
“Preparing your body nutritionally for conception is one of the most important things that you can do for your child’s future.”
The type of diet you have before and during your pregnancy directly influences your child’s lifelong susceptibility to disease, and even permanently affects their appetite, metabolism, intellect and temperament. By providing your body with highly nourishing foods, and avoiding those that reduce fertility, you can increase your ease of conception and give your baby the healthiest start possible.
All traditional cultures had sacred fertility foods and they went to great lengths to see that women were fed a highly nutritious diet prior to conception. They knew that this would result in babies with higher intellect and greater immunity, so they saw it as essential to the strength of their future tribe. This sacred wisdom isn’t passed down generation after generation like it was then.
What are your favorite pregnancy foods?
Every woman is different and her nutritional needs will be too. Each pregnancy comes with its unique set of cravings and aversions. Generally speaking though, during pregnancy I recommend lots of protein, healthy fats, traditionally fermented probiotic rich foods, water and bone broth throughout. My favourite nutrients to focus on for each trimester are:
1st trimester: Colourful vegetables and dark leafy greens for micronutrients and folate.
2nd trimester: Iron rich foods (like grass fed beef) to support blood volume expansion.
3rd trimester: Plant based calcium (like beet greens), vitamin D & omega 3 rich foods (like wild salmon) to support skeletal growth, brain development, and to help mama build her stores for breastfeeding.
Any books or resources you recommend for women looking to become pregnant or who currently are pregnant?
For birth: the classic, Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth (<<ME TOO, ME TOO!!), can’t be beat. It encourages women to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies during the birth process.
For nutrition: my favorite read is Beautiful Babies by Kristen Michaelis. It’s brilliant.
You mentioned on Instagram that saturated fats in particular are super important for a healthy pregnancy and delivery, can you elaborate on that?
Fat is so misunderstood in general, but saturated fat in particular. Healthy fat is one of the most nourishing things we can consume for our reproductive system. Too much unhealthy fat and/or not enough healthy fat is a leading cause of infertility. As a guide, stick with naturally saturated fats such as coconut oil, pasture raised butter or ghee. Monounsaturated fats like extra virgin olive oil, and avocado oil. Polyunsaturated Omega 3’s from fish. Steer clear of industrial seed oil and artificially saturated fats including “heart healthy” margarine and vegan butter spreads.
I was so moved by your birth story! Do you have any short winded advice for women embarking on a natural birth?
Thank you! I’d say…. Educate yourself. Educate yourself. Educate yourself. Choose a birth team that is aligned with your philosophies and who will advocate for you during the birthing process. Remember that your health care providers work for you! Ask questions like: are there any interventions, mediations or procedures that are standard protocol or mandatory in your practice? Or, in what situation is delayed cord clamping not possible? I switched providers half way through my pregnancy because I realized that my midwife’s governing body had certain restrictions that could get in the way being able to have the birth that I wanted. I chose to birth in my home with the support of a Traditional Birth Attendant and it was the single most empowering experience of my life.
Can we Americans work with you? If so, how can we get in touch with your programs?
Yes! I Skype with clients from all over the world. I also have a very exciting launch coming up next month to nourish fertility, pregnancy and postpartum women… The Mama Cleanse: 10 days to reclaim your health. Think less deprived detox and more giving your eating habits the old clean sweep.
Any parting words you wish every woman in her childbearing years could know?
My very favorite quote from the one & only, Ina May Gaskin,
“Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.”
Wow. I loveeee that so much, and I too am in love with Ina May Gaskin!
Thank you so much to the beautiful Carley Mendes, it’s an honor to have you here sharing your light.
x to the ohhh,