Nutrition and pregnancy

Judith Schelling is a (sports)dietician at Gezond aan Zee, the health center in the port of Scheveningen. She has been running her own practice there since 2009.

Her specialties are nutrition for overweight, underweight, eating problems and eating disorders, athletes (amateur and top). She also often sees people with stomach and intestinal problems.


During pregnancy you can contact her for questions such as:

  • How do I get all the necessary nutrients if I don't want to gain too much weight?
  • What can I do if I suffer from constipation, nausea, heartburn or loss of appetite?
  • I'm afraid of gaining weight now that I'm pregnant. How do I ensure that the baby grows properly?
  • How do I live as healthily as possible without going too far?
  • I have a history of an eating disorder and I don't find it easy to eat more. How do I ensure that I stay fit?
  • Do I need extra vitamins and minerals?
  • Can I continue to eat vegetarian or vegan during pregnancy?

The process can also continue for a while after pregnancy. For example, if you want guidance in losing weight after giving birth or if you are breastfeeding and want to know whether you are getting enough nutrients.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or to make an appointment.

Nutrition and pregnancy

During pregnancy, the mother provides the baby with all the nutrients needed for optimal growth and development. These nutrients create the foundation for his or her health in later life. A sufficient supply of the proper nutrients is also beneficial for the health of the mother, such that the pregnancy and delivery go well and that the recovery after childbirth is fast. A healthy diet before, during and after pregnancy plays a crucial role in both your health and that of your baby. The midwives at Mundo consider a healthy diet to be very important and therefore offer their clients the possibility of consulting the dietitian.

What are the topics that the dietitian can help you with?

  • Overweight or underweight
  • Too much or insufficient weight gain during this pregnancy or a previous one
  • Persistent overweight or unintended weight loss
  • Gestational diabetes or glucose intolerance in a previous pregnancy, or an increased risk of diabetes
  • Blood pressure issues: high or low blood pressure
  • If you wish to have children, a healthy diet for you and your partner can increase the probabiliy of getting pregnant.
  • Nausea and morning sickness
  • Constipation
  • Gastro-intestinal diseases
  • Gastric bypass
  • Iron deficiency
  • A healthy diet that takes food allergies and intolerances into account
  • Questions regarding vegetarian or vegan diets
  • Questions regarding the use of vitamin and mineral supplements
  • Questions regarding healthy nutrition before, during and after pregnancy
  • Questions regarding nutrition and breastfeeding

Insurance coverage and fees

The Dutch basic health insurance covers three hours of nutritional advice. Please note that the costs will be subtracted from the deductible. Supplementary insurances might cover extra consultations. Please consult your insurance policy’s terms and conditions or get in touch with your health insurance company for clarification. The costs that are covered by the basic or supplementary insurance will be settled directly with your insurance company. Please be aware that the billed time consists of direct time (the amount of time that an appointment lasts) and indirect time (calculating and working out the nutritional advice, administration and reporting).

In principle, you do not need a referral to consult the dietitian. However, CZ, Delta Lloyd, OHRA and de Friesland do require a referral for the reimbursements of the costs of the consultations. You can ask your GP for a referral.

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