Welcome to the Food Freedom and Fertility podcast. On this week’s episode Caitlin Johnson has special guest, Stephanie Greunke. Stephanie is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition who specializes in prenatal/postnatal health. Stephanie holds additional certifications in perinatal mental health and fitness and is passionate about helping moms navigate the transition to motherhood. She’s the co-host of the “Doctor Mom” podcast and Senior Education Manager for Whole30. Through her Postpartum Reset nutrition program, pregnancy program, podcast and her private practice, Stephanie has helped thousands of women optimize their diet during and after pregnancy to support their physical and mental health. She’s an internationally-recognized speaker who blends the latest research with practical advice. She also trains healthcare providers about perinatal mental health and nutrition so they can optimize outcomes for their clients.
Steph and Caitlin discuss perinatal mental health today and if you enjoy what you hear on today’s episode you can learn more about Steph’s program Postpartum Reset which is an intimate private community and online roadmap for any mama (or mama-to-be) who feels stuck, alone, and depleted and wants to learn how to thrive in motherhood.
Caitlin and Steph normalize the feelings of postpartum and let listeners know that it is okay to feel like you are struggling and having a difficult time. Steph describes what exactly perinatal or postpartum mood disorders are and how and when they can present. She sheds light on the vast spectrum that these disorders can range. The other thing to keep in mind about these disorders is that fathers can also have similar experiences and should realize that so that they can seek the help they need to navigate these uncharted waters. Men typically present much differently than women when experience a postpartum mood disorder. Steph also gives detailed explanations of the different types of disorders and what they look like and she also suggests listeners to ask themselves if they are experiencing any of the symptoms that come along with perinatal or postpartum mood disorders.
To help prepare yourself for the 3rd trimester and postpartum, Steph and Caitlin share a variety of ideas and tips to help expecting mothers. Including meal prep ideas, tasks that new mothers greatly appreciate and additional tips.
The podcast wraps up with the dream team for the postpartum period, which most women who have never delivered a child would expect. The key player on this team is a provider that will genuinely listen to you and your concerns. There are a lot of things that can pop up and having a provider that truly listens to you will help alleviate unnecessary worry.