Interested in Maternity Nutrition?

by Sara Spears, IMI Maternity Nutrition Coach Instructor

Years ago, on my wedding day, my brand-new husband and I stopped at a fast food drive-thru on the way to our reception.  My, how things have changed.

It wasn’t long after that day that I began to wonder about where our food comes from, and how it ends up on my dinner table every night.  I began to research farming methods and prepared to grow my own food.  I wanted to know everything there was to know about nutrition, and I signed up for an intensive program that would eventually designate me as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.  As my focus shifted to starting a family, it was a perfect opportunity to specialize in all things maternity:  fertility, preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, infant nutrition, and weight loss.

As I started to make small changes to my diet in preparation for pregnancy, the gastrointestinal issues that had plagued me for over 15 years vanished.  I lost 30 pounds.  I had more energy than I had ever had before.  I felt wonderful.

I was thrilled to find out I was pregnant, and while I was confident that my healthy diet would lead to a healthy pregnancy, I was anxious to ‘practice what I preach’.  I ate nutrient-dense foods that provided all the ingredients for growing a healthy baby, and avoided the typical signs and symptoms of pregnancy:  fatigue, morning sickness, mood swings, etc.  I had a wonderful birthing experience, and continued to be conscious of what I ate throughout the postpartum period and while breastfeeding, both for myself and for my beautiful baby girl.  My, how things have changed.

I’ve been privileged to have had the opportunity to apply my knowledge and education in my own family, and now I have the opportunity to share my love and passion for nutrition and pregnancy through the International Maternity Institute and the Maternity Nutrition Coach Certification course.

Besides being a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I have been a teacher for the last 10 years, I have a Master’s degree in Education, and Bachelor’s degrees in Education and Biology.  I am also an Infant Massage Instructor, and have taken courses in Lactation Management and Sleep Training.  I am confident that the program we have developed provides an excellent foundation in the field of nutrition, while looking at what nutrients are needed for the various stages of pregnancy.  We explore breastmilk, formula, allergies, common ailments, sleep, stress and how these are all affected by the foods that we eat.

Join us and learn IMI’s secret recipe for growing a happy, healthy baby.

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About Sara Spears

Sara Spears is a registered Holistic Nutritionist, having studied at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.  She is a passionate educator, who specializes in fertility, pre and post natal women, infants, and weight loss.  Sara strongly believes that a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby begin with nourishing one’s self through diet and exercise – both of the body and mind.  Sara provides private nutritional assessments and consultations, with a focus on expecting and new families.  

Sara holds two undergraduate degrees in Biology and Education, through the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, respectively.  She has been teaching and developing curriculum for various schools in Canada and abroad for the last 10 years.  She also earned a Masters degree in Educational Psychology through Mount Saint Vincent University.    

In addition to educating, Sara is also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, facilitates Infant Massage classes in her community, and has taken courses in both Lactation Management and Sleep Training.

Sara currently resides in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and baby girl. 

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