Are you craving more balance, wellbeing, and overall health in your life? Unsurprisingly, most women would immediately put their hand in the air—it sounds dreamy, right?! And, it can be yours. Read on to learn how connecting with a health coach could benefit you, right now.
A health coach is a trained professional who helps mamas-to-be and new mamas make positive and lasting changes to their lives—especially in new, uncharted territory.
According to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a health coach works as a mentor for clients, delivering personalized encouragement. They help clients identify food and lifestyle changes to support their overall wellness.
The trying to conceive period can be one of the most stressful times in your journey to becoming a parent. A health coach could be very beneficial during this time. Not only will they help you optimize your health and nutrition, they’ll also provide ways to help you manage stress and anxiety.
Some coaches are trained in mindfulness, which studies have shown to be beneficial in women who are trying to conceive. In one 2016 study, researchers showed that among 108 infertile women undergoing I.V.F. for the first time, those who practiced mindfulness techniques (such as yoga and meditation ) for two hours per week for 6 weeks were about 72% more likely to become pregnant than those who did not.
Most mamas want to stay mindful and conscientious during the special time of pregnancy. Your health coach will help you identify your goals, the lifestyle you want to achieve, and encourage you throughout the journey.
Additionally, your coach will help you maintain a positive attitude—and affirm you when you’re feeling discouraged. Every mama could use that!
From raging hormones to little sleep, life can feel incredibly overwhelming during the postpartum period. Your health coach will help you navigate this crazy time. From making sure you’re getting proper nutrition to heal your body to keeping tabs on your anxiety or depression levels, they’ll act as your personal moral booster, listening ear, and problem solver. They also come up with practical tips for managing your wellness (and the chaos!) from scheduling to meal planning to grocery shopping, to organizing!
Wellness coaches have only recently been approved to be board-certified, so many are not—but many are. It’s best to find a coach who is certified to ensure they have the proper training. Two of the largest certifying bodies are the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, but there are plenty of smaller institutions that certify as well. Look for a health coach who has experience working with women in the fertility and pregnancy sector since the body’s needs are unique during this time.
Great question! The main difference between a health coach and a nutritionist is that a health coach develops strategies and accountability from a holistic viewpoint. They work to get to the root of bad habits or tendencies you may have. Meanwhile, a nutritionist addresses health using nutrition-based guidelines like meal plans, teaching about healthy eating habits, and going over your current diet.
No. A health & wellness coach cannot provide medical advice, but they can (and will!) offer a host of resources to address your concerns.
Anytime! You can begin to see one while you’re preparing to conceive, during pregnancy, in the postpartum period, or at any point outside of these events.
The cost varies greatly. Many offer packages and will work with you on building one that you can afford. It’s also worth checking with your insurance provider to see if your plan covers health coaching.