Pregnancy Bites: Who We Are

birth announcement, prenatal nutritionIn the summer of 2015 I found out I was pregnant with our first child. Having spent three years working for a health and fitness company, I thought that I had learned quite a bit about eating right and fueling my body, but all of a sudden, I was lost. I had no idea how to eat right for myself and the baby now growing inside of me. I approached it like I do most things – lots and lots of research. I emerged from my deep dive into the world of prenatal nutrition more informed, a little terrified, very overwhelmed and without an actionable nutrition plan.  

Pregnancy Bites was born a few months later under the assumption that I wasn’t the only one looking for an easy to follow pregnancy meal plan. I teamed up with multiple registered dietitians with a focus on prenatal nutrition to develop a simple, straightforward weekly meal plan to make eating right during this important time easier. Along with our meal plan offering, we decided we wanted to be a hub of information for all things prenatal nutrition: a one-stop-shop to answer all the important questions our readers had. And, the more we spoke with all the pregnant women we could, we decided to add some other tips and tricks we picked up along the way.

My hope for you is that Pregnancy Bites can help guide you through this exciting and somewhat overwhelming stage of your life. I know from firsthand experience: pregnancy can be tough, eating right shouldn’t be.

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The Team

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Amy Bridgeo

Five years ago, Amy never would have guessed she would end up in a career focused on health and wellness. Going into her third year in finance as an investment banking associate in Los Angeles – a healthy lifestyle was the last thing on her mind. 80+ hour workweeks and 10+ takeout meals a week was the norm. She was a little “squishy” and not at all fit. After getting engaged and realizing that her priorities were a little off, Amy decided it was time for a change.

When an opportunity arose at fitness company, she was intrigued. The position seemed perfect, so she left the world of investment banking for a health and wellness company that referred to its employees as “dudes”. She was far out of her comfort zone. She traded her high heels for cross-trainers and her power suits for workout clothes – and never looked back. Now, four years later, married and living in Denver, the entrepreneurial bug that she got while working with business owners in her prior life was nagging at her. She was just waiting for the right opportunity – all it took was getting pregnant to figure out what that right opportunity was. So, Amy combined her background in strategy and business operations with her experience in the health and wellness market to create Pregnancy Bites with the hope of giving mom’s to be access to easy to follow meal plans that she couldn’t find while pregnant.

When she is not working, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and their yellow lab Rascal. She also loves to travel and try new restaurants.

 

Sonnet Aguirre

Sonnet Aguirre, MS, RDN, CLC

After four years of living and eating in Japan —among the world’s healthiest food cultures — Sonnet was motivated to return to the U.S. to purse a career centered on healthy eating. She earned a master’s degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. Her diverse background includes stints in nutrition research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle, WA, at a skilled nursing care facility and caring for patients at the Carondelet hospital network as a clinical dietitian in Tucson, AZ. She has extensive teaching experience, both in the community and at universities including Metropolitan State University and Regis University in Colorado.  Currently working as a public health dietitian, at the Tri-County Health Department, Colorado’s largest WIC program.  Her experience also includes 1:1 counseling at a bariatric practice, spine center, diabetes center, and at the world-famous luxury wellness resort, Miraval. 

Sonnet’s deep commitment to healthy nutrition was born from a passion for food.  She aims to share her knowledge of food and nutrition with the ultimate goal of inspiring people to create a healthy food culture of their own — one that supports optimum health, vitality and sustainability.  She is especially passionate about maternal and childhood nutrition – from prenatal nutrition to healthy feeding practices —that help mothers and children develop healthy habits at a young age.  As a Certified Lactation Counselor, Sonnet is a passionate advocate for breastfeeding.

Sonnet lives with her husband and a daughter in Denver, Colorado, where they are expecting an addition to their family in May 2016. 

 

Rebekah Matznick

Rebekah Matznick, MS, RDN, LDN, CPT

Rebekah has always had a passion for nutrition and fitness. She has always had the desire to be a nutritionist and work in the health industry. Being a dancer for most of her life spurred on this desire. After graduating from Purdue University, she became a personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine. She then completed her Dietetic Internship and Master’s degree in Nutrition at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. She became a Registered Dietitian and now works as a Public Health Nutritionist at the Guilford County WIC Program in North Carolina. She absolutely loves it and enjoys getting to work with women, infants, and children on a daily basis. She is an advocate for maternal and pediatric nutrition as she believes this is one of the most important times for nutrition in a person/child’s life. 
 
She lives in North Carolina with her husband Kevin and Goldendoodle puppy named Henry! When she isn’t working she is enjoying time with her husband, traveling to see her family in Indiana, exercising, drinking coffee and eating at her favorite restaurants!

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