Ready to get pregnant?

Been told you need to lose weight to do so?

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    Being overweight can make it harder to conceive and may put you in a high-risk category during pregnancy. Which you know.
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    People who point this out can be smug and awful. 
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    No one has actually told you how to lose weight in a fertility-friendly manner that could possibly work. 

Hi, I'm Camille. I'm a licensed nutritionist specializing in getting people pregnant. Indirectly, of course. 

Camille Freeman fertility nutritionist

Fertility Weight Loss:
Not For the Faint-of-Heart

You've read the statistics. You know that being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of all kinds of things as you head into pregnancy: a longer time to conceive, miscarriage, stillbirth, c-section, lower IVF success rates, all that. 

At the same time, you might be a bit conflicted about the very idea of weight loss. You're not gunning for six-pack abs and some kind of starvation diet. You reject the idea that thinness is somehow morally better. But if losing weight can help you get pregnant, you're up for giving it a shot.

What to do? 

You've got to figure out:

  • If you want to lose weight
  • How much to lose
  • How to lose weight without killing your fertility
  • How to fit this in on top of everything else you've got going on

The goal: 

You're feeling healthy, you've lost some weight, you're pregnant (!) and your doctor or midwife hasn't said a word about being "high risk."

But right now, you're not even sure losing weight is possible. 

You're smart. You're capable. You've generally got things under control. Except... you want to be pregnant and you're not. 

You feel like your body is letting you down. And maybe your weight is a part of that. 

You've probably tried all the diets at one point or another. Joined the gym. Downloaded the step-by-step fancy new exercise program. You've read up on fertility diets and learned about which supplements are good for this-that-and-the-other-thing. 

But you know that diets really aren't effective for you. You don't need a motivational pep-talk about eating less and working out. You're not interested in body-shaming or lose-weight-quick schemes. And you're not sure about the supplements, either. 

You want to eat a healthy diet that covers all of the preconception bases so your baby will have the best possible start. And you want to lose weight so you can get pregnant faster and stay out of the high-risk category.

But it's crossed your mind that there may not be anything you can do at this point. 

Here's the kicker:

Super low-calorie diets aren't great for fertility.

Neither is cutting out entire food groups.*

* Not to mention that these things don't actually work for long-term weight loss. Which you probably know from having tried them.

After more than a decade in practice, I only recommend one solution for long-term weight loss...

If you want to lose weight, you've got to figure out why you're overeating and how to stop doing it.

It's as simple - and as hard - as that. 

Diets don't work, exercise doesn't work (although it's totally good for you...), and beating yourself up, ignoring the issue and/or avoiding the scale probably won't cut it either. 

You need to know why you're eating, how to eat in a way that facilitates weight loss, and how foods actually feel in your body. (So, basically, we're talking about a non-woo-woo form of mindfulness. I swear I will not ask you to breathe through your feet.) 

In working with hundreds of clients who are experiencing infertility, I've found that I can talk about these ideas until I'm blue in the face. People nod right along. But these strategies don't actually work unless you do them. Which is the hard part. 

Bonus: the exact same strategies we use to manage overeating can also help with the total mind-flump (to put it nicely) that comes along with having trouble getting pregnant. We'll address all of that, too. 

Which is why I'm excited to introduce: 

the preconception weight loss course

This six-week online course is designed to help you lose weight in a way that's fertility-friendly. I've broken each step down for you so that you'll know exactly what to do every week. Here's what we'll do together:  

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    Find out why you're overeating and how to stop: this is simultaneously the hardest and the easiest part of the course. Once you learn this, the rest of the pieces will fall into place. 
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    Design a fertility-friendly eating plan: I'll help you create a plan covering what, when and how to eat for optimal fertility. 
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    Learn how to manage your mind: Infertility can mess with you in a big way. You'll learn how to come out the other end stronger. 

Here's what's included:

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    Weekly video lessons
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    Course workbook
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    ​Daily practices with instructor feedback
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    Live webinar once/week for questions and coaching (recordings available)
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    Optional extra readings and videos for each topic

Ready to Get Started?

The online Preconception Weight Loss Course is scheduled to open soon. Join the wait list, and I'll let you know when enrollment opens. The price below is only available for the first group to enroll.

Introductory Price: $197 $99

no purchase necessary to join the wait list!

Camille Freeman fertility nutritionist
Camille Freeman, LDN

Creator of The Preconception

Weight Loss Course

About the instructor

Hi there. I'm Camille. I've been a licensed nutritionist since 2006. I specialize in preconception care, including nutrition and herbal support for those going through IVF and other forms of ART.

I created this course to share the best tools I've found for long-term, sustainable weight loss that's fertility-friendly. I believe that preconception weight loss is possible for everyone. Including you. 

Why is this course so affordable?

I created this course because I just don't have the time to help everyone individually. There are only so many hours in the day.

I also wanted to offer an option for people who can't afford private nutrition counseling. If you've looked into this, you already know that a single visit with a nutrition professional can run anywhere from $100-$300+, and not all of those folks are familiar with the specific nutritional needs associated with fertility and preconception. If you're already paying for fertility treatments, you simply may not have the budget for nutrition counseling. This course is for you. 

You can get this entire online course for less than the cost of one private visit, and it comes with a live session for questions and support every week as well as individualized feedback on your work. 

Wondering if an online course is a good fit for you? 

They can be really bad, right? You might sign up, hate it, and never log in again. (Not that any of us have ever done such a thing before. Ahem.) Or you might be thinking that you really don't want to spend any MORE time on the computer than you already do.

Here's the thing: This class will not be awful. I'm not going to say it will be easy, because long-term behavior change never is, but it will be easy to navigate :). You will know what's going on, and you will have the information and support you need to take action. Guaranteed. 

  • You will know where to find things and what to do next.
  • If you have a question, it will be answered.
  • The video lessons will be short, interesting and directly applicable.
  • You will get an email once/weekday with instructions, reminders and information about what to do that day. 
  • The live sessions will be fun and easy to access.

Although it's technically an online course, most of the work will be in actually doing the practices I introduce in the short weekly video. These will be part of your daily life. Like, you know, eating. No need to spend hours in front of the computer to have success. 

Could this actually work? For you?

Yep. Sure can. It's not magic. It's not instantaneous. And even so: if you give the practices a fair shot you can stop overeating, lose weight and get into a better frame of mind. 

You will need to put the time in and do the daily practices. You will need to stay open to new ideas and doing things differently. Some of the things I'll ask you to try will feel completely counter-intuitive. Like eating as much as you want. (Yes.) 

Sometimes you'll think about changing and you just... won't. 

That's okay. 

I'm asking you to show up, give this a try, and stay with me even when things don't go as planned. 

We all have ups and downs along the way, and you'll have plenty of support as you go. It can work for you, but that will only happen if you take the leap and decide to go all-in just for these six weeks

Guess what? Science is on our side.

Losing weight before conception can decrease the time it takes to conceive, decrease your risk of stillbirth, and can improve IVF outcomes as well. * 

We also know that mindfulness interventions are effective as a weight loss strategy based on several systematic reviews.* If you like to nerd out, I recommend this paper as a starting place. 

Who Should Not Take this Course

Not every course is for everyone! Here are some reasons you might NOT want to sign up:

  • You need a rigid and structured meal plan to follow religiously. This course is not about following a specific diet.  
  • You aren't totally sure you want to do it but you might just sign up and do the first week and come back to it later after your vacation/wedding/semester/project is over. Only sign up if you are ready to commit to six weeks of giving this your best shot. 
  • You are not open to changing the way you think about food, eating and meals. The hardest work I'll ask you to do in this course is going to involve changing the way your mind thinks about these topics. 
  • You have a specific medical condition and are looking for guidance on how to address it with diet. We don't cover therapeutic diets in this course, although the techniques we'll cover are compatible with most medical conditions. 
  • You aren't sure you really want to lose weight right now. Please don't sign up just because someone else has said you should! If and when you know deep down that you want to do something differently, the course will still be here. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time will this take?

Is this course LGBT+ friendly?

How much does it cost?

Is this course compatible with IVF, IUI and other fertility treatments?

I have PCOS and/or Endometriosis. Can I take this course?

I follow a specific diet (vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher, etc.). Will that work?

Can I take this course with my spouse/partner?

Sign up now and learn how to: 

  • Change your relationship with food
  • Stop overeating
  • Lose weight and support fertility 

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