Ashley’s Story

Ashley is now 36 weeks pregnant.  This blog post could be the final pregnancy update before her baby arrives!  Unless she goes over her due date.  Which is very possible, and very normal.  When it comes to a baby’s birth date, he or she makes all the calls (unless it’s a planned cesarean section).  There is no guarantee that the baby will come on or before the due date.  Baby may want to come early, on time, or even late.  Time will tell for Ashley.

Wild chamomile. White flowers. Selective focus. Bokeh

Some aspects of Ashley’s pregnancy did not go according to her original plans.  And that’s perfectly fine.  This is the way pregnancy goes.  And labour, I will add.  No matter how detailed your birth plan is, you can never predict exactly what will happen during labour.  All you can do is take it moment by moment and do what you feel is best for you and your baby at the time.  If you have been following Ashley’s story, you may remember she was planning to see a physiotherapist for her back pain, but the wait list was too long.  She opted for massage therapy instead, which has been very helpful.  She also had plans to wrap or bind her belly to provide support and relief.  She has not done this either, because she has been feeling very hot and the idea of wrapping her belly was too much.  I get this.  During pregnancy your core body temperature does increase by about a half a degree celsius.  This may not seem like much, but it is.

I suppose one way to look at it is, Ashley’s back pain is manageable without the physiotherapy and belly band.  I mean she is still walking and taking the stairs every day!

Ashley is a contest winner who won my ‘Biggest Contest Ever’.  This means that for the remainder of her pregnancy I will be working closely with her on the nutrition needs of herself and her baby.  She has agreed to allow me to post it here, on my blog.


To read Ashley’s full story, CLICK HERE.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Ashley may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Ashley is based on a specific, detailed health and lifestyle assessment. They will not apply to every woman. If you are interested in a personal assessment for yourself, please send an e-mail to

Ashley’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between us is extensive and continual.

Ashley is feeling pressure from the baby and experiencing some Braxton Hicks contractions.  If you are unfamiliar with Braxton Hicks, these are sporadic uterine contractions that can come and go during pregnancy.  Not all women will feel them and they are mostly painless.

Ashley has started to drink red raspberry leaf tea daily, in preparation for her labour.  When it comes to herbs including herbal tea, I strongly recommend pregnant women have a discussion with your doctor or midwife first.  Some herbs can be harmful during pregnancy and can be dangerous when used in combination with certain medications.  If you missed last month’s blog, CLICK HERE to read how red raspberry leaf tea can help.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Ashley the best of luck for a positive birthing experience.  I hope she and her family are soon blessed with the baby of their dreams.

If you would like to be notified when I post my next update on Ashley, you can sign up for my e-mail list HERE. To thank you for signing up, I will send you my free offer, “You and Your Baby: 7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.”




I am very excited to announce that I have opened registration for my BIGGEST CONTEST EVER once again!  One woman who is either currently pregnant (in her first trimester) or actively trying to conceive will be drawn to win FREE nutrition and lifestyle coaching throughout her entire prenatal journey, up to one year!

All assessments and updates may be done online or in person.  This contest is open to all women anywhere in Canada.

Are you wondering, what’s the catch?  The winner will be featured regularly on my blog.  To maintain confidentiality, names will be changed.

Past winners of my Biggest Contest Ever are ‘Melissa‘, ‘Denise‘,  ‘Colleen‘ and ‘Ashley‘.  You can click on their individual names to read their stories.  Ashley is currently pregnant and expecting her baby in May!

The next winner will be announced Monday, June 13, 2016.


You must be within your first trimester of pregnancy, or actively trying to conceive.

You must complete an initial assessment, either online or in person, and send in monthly updates.

You must reside within Canada.

CLICK HERE to enter.  Good luck!

I can not recommend Karen’s prenatal services enough! She is knowledgable as well as kind and easy to talk to.

Karen helped me to learn how much food choices impact my overall health and relate to certain pregnancy symptoms. Our discussions inspired me to get back on track with healthy eating habits. I felt healthy and energized throughout my pregnancy and was happy knowing that I was making informed healthy choices for myself and my growing baby.

Every question I asked was responded to promptly with evidence based resources. I always felt confident in Karen’s recommendations and appreciated that they were realistic suggestions that I could work into my busy life.

I am grateful for Karen’s support throughout my pregnancy and I wouldn’t hesitate to use her services during any future pregnancies.    –    Melissa.

Baby Boy