“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” - HIPPOCRATES

Whole Foods & Plant-Based Nutrition Coaching

vibrant, energetic pregnancy


Do you desire an active, comfortable, joyful pregnancy and postpartum experience?

Would you like to alleviate morning sickness or even possibly avoid it completely?

Would you like to eat all the fresh, delicious food you care for, without worrying about excessive weight gain?

Do you desire a pregnancy free from common pregnancy ailments such as swollen ankles, back pain, indigestion, and even colds and allergies?

Are you looking for tips and tricks on how to transition your children or family to a healthy plant-based diet, as well?

Maybe you already follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, but have questions and concerns about eating a plant-based diet during pregnancy.

Or perhaps your care provider and/or loved ones are concerned that eating a plant-based diet during pregnancy is dangerous, and you would like evidence-based information and research to give them to alleviate their concerns.

experienced coaching for a plant-powered pregnancy


I offer whole foods and plant-based nutrition coaching to pregnant and nursing mothers/parents, and those soon-to-be, on an hourly basis by phone, email, Skype or other video chat.

My 15+ years of personal experience living a plant-based lifestyle along with my education in direct-entry midwifery (including extensive research in vegetarian, vegan, and raw vegan nutrition during pregnancy and lactation), along with my personal experience enjoying two plant-based pregnancies, has convinced me that a nutrient-dense, high carbohydrate, whole foods, plant-based diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens, along with the addition of careful supplementation, is a healthful choice for most pregnant and/or lactating mothers/persons and their families.

Through our one-on-one hourly nutrition coaching sessions, I will provide the practical information and resources you need to ensure that you are meeting your daily nutritional requirements throughout pregnancy and lactation.


popular topics covered

  • How to enjoy as much delicious food as you desire, while maintaining a healthy pregnant weight that is optimal for YOUR body.

  • Nutritional tips and natural remedies to alleviate common pregnancy discomforts such as morning sickness, low back pain, swelling/fluid retention, constipation, heartburn, hemorrhoids, insomnia, leg cramps, restless leg syndrome, varicose veins, and more!

  • Prenatal vitamins, vitamin B12, vitamin D, DHA & EPA, iron, and other supplements that may or may not contribute to your healthy pregnancy.

  • The pros and cons of taking nourishing herbs and drinking green juices during pregnancy.

  • The truth about cravings and “listening to your body.”

  • Grocery shopping, meal planning, and simple recipes that the whole family will love.

  • The other crucial aspects of a healthy plant-based diet, including sunshine, adequate sleep, water, and play/exercise (see below).

  • Fitness and exercises that will keep your body toned throughout pregnancy and prepare you for the physical work of labor and birth.

  • And more!

A customized approach


Whether you identify as plant-based, vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, a raw foodist, or an omnivore who simply wants to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily life, my nutrition coaching sessions are customized to suit your specific dietary situation.

When you decide that you’d like to schedule a coaching session, please contact me and I will send you a nutritional questionnaire and registration form. After completing the forms and sending them back to me, we will schedule your first session.

I am happy to offer my plant-based nutrition coaching sessions to families all over the world via telephone, Skype, email, or face-to-face appointments in Inverness, Brooksville, Crystal River, and other parts of Citrus and Sumter Counties. After each session, you will receive a follow-up email summarizing the key points that we discussed.

Cost for one 60-minute plant-based pregnancy & breastfeeding nutrition coaching session with Melissa Marks, LM, CPM is $100 (includes evaluation of nutritional questionnaire and three follow-up emails). My preferred method of payment is PayPal, and I also accept credit/debit card through PayPal.


Please don't hesitate to contact me today at 352-651-4227 or send me an email at midwifemelissamarks@gmail.com.