Hey there! I’m Jennifer, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and women’s wellness expert. I help women with hypothyroidism who are struggling to conceive use the healing powers of food and lifestyle to optimize their thyroid, nourish their pre-pregnancy health, and nurture their possibilities of bringing a new life into their families.
I’m here for women like you. Yes, you!
A beautiful, compassionate, full-of-life woman who’s desiring to create even more life outside of herself.
I can feel your longing for the deepest parts of yourself to give birth to your baby dreams…dreams of cuddling your precious baby in your arms…nuzzling your nose into the sweet-smelling folds of her neck…rocking her to sleep to the sound of symphonies and sweet melodies.
I had those dreams too! And I never realized how incredibly deep my desire was until it became far out of reach. Until it seemed impossible.
I was doing “all the things,” just like you are. You’re trying to turn your dreams into a reality, but no matter how hard you try, it’s like you’re grasping at straws. You feel like you’re not working.
You can rest assured that I already understand what you’re feeling. I hear you, I see you, I was you.
A couple of years after we got married, my husband and I were eager to welcome a newborn bundle into our arms and our hearts. My health checked out great, and as a hospital dietitian I had an in with some of the best doctors in the area. Dim those lights and let’s make a baby!
I stopped my birth control pill I had been on for years to “regulate” my cycle (spoiler alert…the pill doesn’t regulate anything), and went to work to earn the name I had been desiring for so long—Mama!
That’s what I did in life—I worked hard. I worked hard for my grades, at my jobs through high school and college, as an assistant in the nutrition department, at my clinical job that I landed before I even graduated, and as the best wife I could be to my husband (that was harder than all the previous combined!). I worked hard at pretty much everything in life, and I had success to show for it.
But I was reminded over and over again, month after month, single line after single line, that for once in my life I. Wasn’t. Working.
I would wait alone in the bathroom…the 3 longest minutes of my life…trying to look away from that stupid stick but not being able to rip my eyes away from the little window…shaking out of fear, nervousness, hope…and praying that I would finally see double.
After months of trying, nope. Still one, solitary, single line of disappointment. Maybe I didn’t pee on it long enough. Maybe I should test again this afternoon. Maybe it’s too cold in here. Maybe I’m just not meant for this.
I felt like a total failure. I felt like it was all my fault.
I did all the things:
I even took meds to try to reset my “broken” system.
And that’s what it left me feeling…broken.
Defeated. Empty. Unwomanly.
I tried to quiet the voices in my head:
I just wanted to put my head in the sand and cry my tears alone with my broken, baby-less self.
And let’s be honest, I just wanted to feel good again. I didn’t remember what that was. I was tired, my stomach was a mess, I was scared and confused.
But there was so much I didn’t know back then. So much that wasn’t being done and wasn’t being tested that could have made all the difference in getting me to see double.
There’s so very much that I know now that could have nourished my body on a completely different level.
So many things that could have saved me energy, tears, and disappointment in our journey to becoming parents.
Specific labs that should have been tested that were never even mentioned.
Ways of living and eating that could have enhanced not only my pre-pregnancy health and nutrition, but could have actually transformed me at a deep, hormonal level to optimize the one thing inside that was to blame.
That one thing? My thyroid!
That delicate little gland controlled so much of me for so long until I learned to love it in a whole different way.
I’m so glad we found each other! I’m eager to help you lavish your thyroid, and every part of your womanly self, with that same kind of nourishing food-as-medicine love. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll be seeing double too!
In joy and health,
Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed Dietitian, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Certified LEAP Therapist, Oxford Biomedical Technologies
Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner