About Ruth Harvey
Hi, I’m Ruth and I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with over 10 years experience in the NHS, research and private practice. I have worked in many specialist areas during this time including gastroenterology (everything to do with the gut), research into gestational diabetes, PCOS, kidney disease and weight management, but it was my own journey into motherhood that gave me the passion to specifically help other women.
I remember learning about how nutrition in the womb effects the long-term health of the child at uni and that fascinated me. That has never left me and now I’m a parent I see the fun and frustrations that occur around feeding little ones. I have also witnessed mothers that don’t look after themselves by eating well, because they are too busy looking after their child first. Mothers that are frustrated with their post-baby bodies (me included), women diagnosed with gestational diabetes, but with no further support, mothers that find weaning stressful and those that want so desperately to get pregnant. Nutrition can play a huge part in every stage of our lives and I am excited about specifically helping women at a time which can have a lasting impact on not just the individual, but their family.
As well as focusing on women’s pre- and post-natal nutrition, I am trained in the low FODMAP diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and have helped many women over the years find relief from their gut symptoms. There is a huge amount of research currently taking place into the gut and the bacteria that live within it and this is another of my fascinations. What we eat and it’s impact on the gut can have a knock on effect to our overall health and wellbeing and I can be found promoting gut health and a varied fibre intake at every turn!
I hope that you might seek my support soon and I can help you work out the best diet for you as an individual, help support your journey as a mother and leave you feeling prepared with a nutritional plan for the long-term.
What is a dietitian?
In case you were wondering a registered dietitian = a nutritionist who has studied nutrition at university and gained a degree or higher in nutrition and dietetics. We are registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC, like your GP is) and therefore have to meet high standards of ethics and continued professional development. We are the only nutrition professional able to give nutritional advice related to medical conditions. We do not put people on diets! We provide individual advice which helps people to learn about nutrition and understand the best foods that they can eat to improve their own health.