Prenatal Nutritionist and Dietitian
What Is A Prenatal Nutritionist?
A prenatal nutritionist works with expecting mothers to provide optimal nutrition during the pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and post-childbirth periods. A prenatal nutritionist will also work with new mothers on optimal nutrition for breastfeeding and post childbirth health and diet.
Many expecting mothers turn to prenatal nutritionists if they are concerned about being under or overweight, unable to eat or stop eating, have special dietary needs or food allergies or any number of diet related pregnancy complications. An expecting mother’s weight gain will generally occur gradually throughout the pregnancy, totally between 25 to 35 pounds at the time of birth for those who are generally healthy prior to becoming pregnant and who are expecting to have just one baby. A prenatal nutritionist specializes in finding the appropriate weight gain to give the baby the healthiest possible time in the womb, while allowing the mother to be as healthy and comfortable as possible.View the top 10 foods to eat during pregnancy.
Prenatal Nutritionist Careers & Job Duties
A prenatal nutritionist will first analyze and assess a patient’s current health and diet. This analysis includes present dietary levels of elements including protein, acids, vitamins and other micronutrients including calcium and iron. Food intake will be analyzed and recommendations for the consumption of breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables and water and other fluids will be made, in addition to any nutritional supplements that may be necessary.
A prenatal nutritionist works in many of the same ways as a regular nutritionist or dietitian, yet takes special care to make sure that both the mother and her unborn baby are well cared for. A prenatal nutritionist will most likely see their patients more often than other types of nutritionists, for the period before and during pregnancy and shortly after the birth of the child.
Prenatal nutritionists work closely with other health care professionals including nurses, doctors of obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN), mid wives and other public health specialists.
Prenatal Nutritionist Salary
According to Indeed.com, and online industry monitor, a prenatal nutritionist across the US can expect to make between $39,000 and $54,000, depending on their specific location. Those in Canada can in many instances expect to make more, due to their country’s government run programs for expecting mothers.
In most cases, those who work in private practice can expect the highest salaries, while those who go on to open their own practice usually make the most. However, there are a great number of public health facilities hiring prenatal nutritionists that offer better than average benefits including health care and retirement packages.