Ashley’s Story – Final Blog.


Ashley’s baby is now just over eight weeks old and doing amazing!  She is your typical healthy baby, pooping, sleeping and eating.  Repeat!  I am happy to report that Ashley and baby are exclusively breastfeeding, which is so important.

little baby sucking breast mother with open eyes

Please no offense to the formula feeding moms out there, but understand where I am coming from when it comes to breastmilk.  It is just the best possible source of nutrition for any baby.  Period.  Plus, it’s good for mom too!  I will not list all the health benefits of breastfeeding, but if you would like to know more, CLICK HERE.

If a new mom is struggling with breastfeeding, I highly recommend seeking professional help.  The nurses at the hospital and my midwives were amazing for me when I had my baby.  There are also lactation consultants, and support groups such as La Leche League.  And guess what else?  Nutrition plays a big role!

When it comes to diet during lactation, it’s important to eat about 2,800 calories per day with at least 65 grams of protein and 3 litres of water*.

*This is an estimate and individual needs may vary.

Ashley is a contest winner who won my ‘Biggest Contest Ever’.  This blog post is my final update on Ashley.

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.

In my last blog update on Ashley, I mentioned that things don’t always go as planned.  This is true for everything in pregnancy, including labour and delivery.  Ashley’s baby was born via c-section.  This is not an ideal situation, but it was necessary.  There are many health benefits to the baby and mom from a vaginal delivery, but when complications arise, the only thing that matters is the health of baby and mom.  In Ashley’s case, she and baby are both doing great!

I’d like to thank Ashley for this touching testimonial:

Karen is amazing to work with. She made me feel comfortable the moment I started working with her. Right away, she made me much healthier with all her food recommendations, lifestyle change and overall life outlook. Anytime I had a question, she was quick to answer and always had a response. This pregnancy went by super fast and I owe a lot of the positivity, overall health well being to Karen. I highly recommend her service/assistance through this special journey and milestone in your life. Thank you Karen!

I am so happy for Ashley and her family!  I would like to wish them all the best for a happy and healthy future together!  Thank you for sharing your prenatal journey with myself and my readers.


PS.  I have started working with Rosalyn, who is my current contest winner.  I will be writing an introductory blog for her story very soon.  If you would like to be notified when I do CLICK HERE to join my email list.  As an added bonus, I will send you my free offer, “7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.”

PPS  If you are currently trying to get pregnant, and would like to work with me, you still have time to join my online program, “How to Make a Baby in 90 Days.”  We start July 17!  CLICK HERE  for all the details or send an email to to request a free 15 minute consultation.


Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre



This Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, I will be at the Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre.  This is in connection with their Early Years Centre where I will be giving a presentation on prenatal and infant nutrition.  This is a free event for those who live in the area.  It is a great opportunity to meet me and find out what holistic nutrition is all about.  I would recommend this to anyone who has recently given birth, who is pregnant now and to those women who are planning a pregnancy.  For more information or to register, please contact the Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre at 613-830-4357.  You may also find their community calendar at this link.

YOU AND YOUR BABY: A HOLISTIC GUIDE TO A HEALTHY PREGNANCY AND HAPPY BABYDuring this presentation, I will focus on the three stages of pregnancy from preconception to postpartum.

Preconception: Eat for fertility and to create the best possible environment for your baby.

Pregnancy: What you can do to nourish your growing fetus and increase your chances for a healthy, natural birthing experience. Which nutrients are essential for fetal development. Some common side effects of pregnancy and natural ways to reduce or relieve them.

Your Baby: The importance of breastfeeding and how to increase the quantity and quality of breast milk. Introducing solid foods to your baby.

Momstown Ottawa Belly Chats Presentation April 4

Join me and Momstown Ottawa for my presentation “You and Your Baby:  A Holistic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby”.  I will be at Fab Baby Gear, 1244 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, on Thursday April 4, at 6:30 PM.  We will discuss what foods are best to eat during pregnancy, as well as how to alleviate some common pregnancy issues such as swollen ankles, heartburn,  and morning sickness.  We’ll talk about the birthing experience itself and some of the hormonal changes that happen, as well as breastfeeding and introducing solid foods.  To register, visit Momstown Ottawa here, or their Facebook event page here.