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Theresa Nesbitt, RN, MD

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Perinatal 2015, GOLD Perinatal 2016, Perinatal Nutrition Lecture Pack
  • Country: United States

Theresa Nesbitt, RN MD ("Dr. Theresa") is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist with special training in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her interests these days lie in promoting lifelong wellness for women with a focus on nutrition, reproductive health and breastfeeding. She is the Director of Family Health Coaching, editor of Babies and Breastfeeding Magazine and author of Evolutionary Eating: How We Got Fat and 7 Simple Fixes. She anticipates publication of her newest book Building a Baby Brain Bite by Bite - How to Eat Before, During and After Pregnancy next year. Her interest in brain growth and development, nutrition and developmental kinesiology have helped her to look at placentation, lactation and nutrition for reproductive fitness through a new lens.

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Eating Before, During, and After Pregnancy
A fundamental difference between plants and animals is that animals have a brain. Mammals were able to increase brain size by developing 2 special adaptations that facilitate transfer of specific brain building nutrients during gestation via the placenta and after birth via the mammary glands. It’s important for mothers to nourish and replenish their bodies before, during and after pregnancy because it is only the females that must “build a brain from scratch”. This talk will cover superfoods, suspect foods and supplements that promote wellness in mothers and babies by restocking maternal body stores (the pantry). The biology of morning sickness, why women have curves and the facts of fictions of prenatal vitamins are discussed.
Presentations: 20  |  Hours / CE Credits: 20.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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Breastfeeding Instinct or Skill?
Human newborns are unique among the primates in that they are born in a neurologically immature state. This lack of sensorimotor capabilities mean that they have special breastfeeding challenges during the first month postpartum. For humans breastfeeding is innate in the newborn but is mostly a learned behavior or skill in the mother, a skill that is naturally learned via observation. Natural breastfeeding is both easy to learn and teach and employs a simplified approach to enhancing newborn motor control thereby avoiding the most common problems of the first few weeks postpartum, nipple pain, difficulty latching and concerns about milk production in most newborns.
Presentations: 20  |  Hours / CE Credits: 20.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1.25 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding Education
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Building a Baby Bite by Bite
What does it take to build a baby brain from scratch? This presentation focuses on fertility, pregnancy, placentation and lactation - and the role nutrients and toxins play in optimizing fetal brain growth and development. Facts and Fictions including prenatal vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids and "avoidance foods" will be discussed.
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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Infant Nutrition