I created Mother Nutrient as a resource to support women in their motherhood journeys . Motherhood is a wonderful and rewarding ride, but let's be honest, it can be tolling to our mind and body. Pregnancy and birth can leave us nutrient depleted, hormones greatly fluctuate, and the daily stress of parenting and work can lead to fatigue and exhaustion. This is why it's so important for us mothers to focus on meeting our unique nutritional needs. When we are healthy, and strong, we can do everything better!
As a holistic nutritionist, I know how critical food is to refuel our bodies, to lift our mood, to balance our hormones and more. My goal is to provide mothers with the nutritional knowledge and tools they need to truly thrive. Whether you are trying to conceive, currently pregnant, in the midsts of postpartum or dealing with burnout from parenting older children, we’re here to help. We offer fact-based nutrition advice, healthy recipes, and a variety of supplements, probiotics and superfoods specifically designed to help mothers thrive.
As most holistic practitioners, my health journey began after experiencing health issues and not finding relief through traditional routes. I had experimented with different diets to help with my digestive issues before I got pregnant, but the decision to quit my job, go back to school to study holistic nutrition and help women and babies thrive, came during my own postnatal experience. I realized that a lot of the issues I was experiencing (severe fatigue, recurring mastitis, hormonal imbalances, immune dysfunction and gastrointestinal issues, to name a few) were not only very common amongst new mothers, but very poorly managed through traditional medicine. For example, after my third bout of mastitis, I decided not to take yet another course of antibiotics and find alternative ways to treat the infection. I ended up taking probiotics and making changes to my diet and lifestyle, which helped me clear the mastitis and avoid it going forward. I was looking for answers and ways to heal myself holistically, and found a lot of information on PREnatal nutrition, however I realized there is very little information about POSTnatal nutrition. So I went back to school, focused my studies in pregnancy and postpartum nutrition, devoured books and papers about the topic and read hundreds of nutrition studies and articles. The knowledge I learned has not only helped me overcome my health issues, but also allowed me to help many new mothers overcome theirs. I am thrilled you have found this page and hope I can be of service in your healing journey.
Mirelle Leguia, BBA, MBA, NC
Mirelle is a holistic nutrition consultant based in Austin, TX. She graduated from Bauman College's Holistic Nutrition Program with Honors after completing her Master's in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and her Bachelor's in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.
Mirelle's interest in nutrition came after her own health challenges during and after her pregnancies. She left her established career in marketing to pursue her interest in women's health, specifically prenatal and postnatal nutrition. Mirelle has worked with local and international clients, helping them recover their health after having babies and teaching them about nutrient dense foods.
She is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and regularly attends nutrition and birth professional conferences. She specializes in Paleo, WAPF and other nutrient dense diets.
Mirelle lives in south Austin with her husband Jason, son Nico , puppy Emma and eight happy backyard chickens.
Why is nutrition especially important for mothers?
Most people know that eating healthy during pregnancy is important because the food choices we make will affect our babies. However, a lot of women think that as soon as you birth the baby, nutrition no longer plays an important role. This couldn't be further from the truth: Nutrient requirements actually increase after giving birth!
The vast majority of women are nutrient depleted after birth and need to replete and nourish their bodies to recover from such a taxing endeavor. The immense amount of changes that happen to a woman's body during pregnancy, requires a lot of nutrients. In order to cope with this increased need, a woman's body uses her nutrient reserves during this time, thus depleting nutrient stores that have been built over the years. The body’s job after delivery is almost as demanding as it was during pregnancy; a hormonal revolution is needed to complete the task of overturning the functions of pregnancy and eliminate the excess tissue, water, blood and other fluids. At this postnatal point new mothers are at a very vulnerable position; having depleted their nutrient stores during pregnancy and requiring increased amounts of nutrients for their bodies to recover and to feed their babies. This is such a common occurrence now that a new term for this was coined: maternal depletion. A study by Janet King concluded that it takes approximately 18 months for a new mother to replete nutrient stores after pregnancy.
Nutrient depletion can disrupt the delicately balanced systems that drive the body’s physical and mental processes, opening the door to a variety of postpartum issues like postpartum depression, fatigue, postpartum anemia, hormonal imbalances and more. In the case of postpartum depression for example, links between nutrient deficiency and mood have been reported for folate, vitamin B-12, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, and omega-3 and fatty acids.
Add to this, that new mothers in our culture receive little help, are stressed and eat poorly then we can expect to see a host of postpartum problems sneaking their head. The occurrence of postpartum depression, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, etc continues to rise in western cultures. It is for this reason that nutrition experts say postpartum nutrition is more important than nutrition during pregnancy.
Furthermore, some studies have linked the nutrient status during the postpartum years with overall health of a women after menopause. Though the postpartum period is commonly regarded as the first 4-6 months postpartum, it can take much longer - 1.5 to 2 years for a woman’s body to recover and return to it’s pre-pregnancy state. Women can avoid a myriad of health problems later on in life, by taking care of their nutrition needs in the postnatal period.