Women's

Health

Nutrition

Optimise your health!

Nutrition for women's health, hormonal and reproductive concerns

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Optimising your diet and lifestyle is critical for managing PCOS and in particular for managing underlying Insulin resistance. Nutrition therapy is individualised depending on specific concerns, but may include optimising macronutrient intake to assist with hormone balance and assessment of whether nutrition supplements may be beneficial.

 

Goals of nutrition therapy may include:

 

  • Improve menstrual regularity, ovulation and increase fertility

  • Reduce risk of associated chronic diseases later in life, such as diabetes and heart disease

  • Reduce levels of testosterone (male sex hormones), hirsutism (excess hair growth) and acne

  • Reduce cravings and normalise eating behaviours

Endometriosis

Modifying your diet can help reduce symptoms of Endometriosis and improve your quality of life.

 

Goals of nutrition therapy may include include:

 

  • Reduce inflammation and oxidative stress

  • Assist with hormone regulation

  • Reduce gastrointestinal symptoms

  • Address micronutrient deficiencies

Premenstrual Syndrome(PMS)/ Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

If you suffer from PMSS, or the more severe form PMDD Studies are showing that nutrition can have a big impact on both your mental and physical health:

 

Goals of nutrition therapy may include include:

 

  • Reducing foods/nutrients that may trigger symptoms 

  • Address micronutrient deficiencies that may be exacerbating symptoms

  • Reducing inflammation and antioxidant capacity

  • Optimising your diet to align with the latest research into nutrition for mental health

 

Hypothalamic Amenorrhea

As well as affecting your ability to fall pregnant, hypothalamic amenorrhea can also increase your risk of bone disease, heart complications and even impact your mood and libido. Inadequate energy/calorie intake and fat restriction are key contributing factors to HA. working with a dietitian to ensure adequate energy and optimising macronutrient intake is a crucial component of the treatment of this condition. 

 

Goals of nutrition therapy may include:

  • Optimising energy and macronutrient intake to assist with hormone regulation, regularity of cycles, ovulation and fertility

  • Protecting bone health

  • Correcting micronutrient deficiencies

  • Ensuring dietary adequacy

  • Normalising eating behaviour and improving relationship with food

  • Addressing other lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your condition, with referrals to other health-care specialists as needed

Gestational Diabetes

A well-planned diet is essential for managing gestational diabetes, as the types, amounts and timing of food is critical for the health of both Mama and baby.

 

Goals of nutrition therapy may include:

 

  • Stabilising blood sugar levels within target range

  • Reducing risk of pregnancy and birth complications associated with poorly controlled blood sugar levels

  • Minimising need for medication

  • Meeting nutrient needs of mum and baby

  • Establishing healthy eating habits to minimise risk of future diabetes/health concerns

Optimising  management of Pre-existing diabetes for pregnancy

Research has shown that it’s essential that we enter pregnancy with tight blood-sugar level control and that this continues throughout pregnancy. Having previously worked as the Diabetes Dietitian at one of Victoria’s major teaching hospitals, I specialise in nutrition therapy to optimise glycaemic control and love working with women in the lead up to and during pregnancy, for improved outcomes for both Mama and baby!

 

Goals of nutrition therapy may include:

  • Optimise carbohydrate distribution and quality for enhanced fertility and pregnancy outcomes

  • Improve carbohydrate counting skills for improved glycaemic control

  • Understand how different stages of pregnancy may impact your blood sugar levels and medication/insulin needs

  • Improve overall diet quality and ensure you are meeting the macro and micronutrient needs for optimum fertility and pregnancy

  • Optimise carbohydrate intake through each stage of pregnancy

Menopause 

According to the research, nutrition may influence how early you enter menopause and can also 

impact the severity of your symptoms as well as your health. Goals of nutrition therapy may include include:

 

  • Reducing risk of chronic diseases

  • Improving general health

  • Optimising bone health 

  • Address micronutrient deficiencies that may be exacerbating symptoms

Expert nutrition advice

With a Master's degree in dietetic practice, a strong background in clinical dietetics and ongoing employment at one of Australia's most respected hospitals, I am well-placed to help you with your health concerns. I believe in a holistic but always evidenced-based approach.

Ready to optimise your health?

E: info@wendyfedeledietitian.com.au

P: +61 (0)403 417 090

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