Nutrition for Maternal Mental Health
The transition to new motherhood is accompanied by hormonal shifts, sleep deprivation, and a host of other factors that are emotionally taxing. If unsupported, these impacts can lead to more significant disruptions in mood and mental health, known as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
While maternal mental health is starting to get the attention it deserves — organizations like the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists are updating their policies to encourage comprehensive screening and earlier contact with their provider (within the first 3 weeks postpartum) — often the only mental health treatment options given are therapy and/or medications.
This webinar will explore nutritional considerations that impact perinatal mental health which can be used to compliment a mom’s treatment plan to yield the best outcomes.
In the webinar you’ll learn:
- The difference between “baby blues,” normal adjustment, and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs)
- Screening tools for identifying PMADs
- Red flags to look for in clients
- Nutrition strategies to work on first
- Specific nutrients of concern for maternal mental health
- Best practices for working with this population
- Considerations for medications
- Other evidenced-based alternative therapies to support maternal mental health
About the Presenter: Stephanie Greunke, MS, RD
Stephanie Greunke is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition who specializes in prenatal/postnatal health. Stephanie holds additional certifications in perinatal mental health and fitness and is passionate about helping moms navigate the transition to motherhood.
She’s the co-host of the “Doctor Mom” podcast and Education Manager for Whole30.
Through her Postpartum Reset nutrition program, pregnancy program, podcast and her private practice, Stephanie has helped thousands of women optimize their diet during and after pregnancy to support their physical and mental health. She’s an internationally-recognized speaker who blends the latest research with practical advice. She also trains healthcare providers about perinatal mental health and nutrition so they can optimize outcomes for their clients.