1. Do you accept insurance?

Nutrition Now is not an in-network provider for any insurance and does not have the ability to create a superbill at this time.

2. How do you accept payment?

Payments are processed via Stripe through the Practice Better platform or via PayPal/Venmo.

3. Am I able to use my HSA card for your services?

Please consult with your HSA company to determine HSA-approved healthcare expenses.

4. Are nutrition counseling services available to men?

We offer and encourage men to explore nutrition counseling or a nutrition audit if a couple is planning on starting a family or is struggling with infertility. Nutrition Now offers a discount for couples who wish to receive a nutrition audit at the same time. Nutrition Now only focuses on nutrition related to infertility and preconception for men. For any other health conditions, we are happy to offer a recommendation for another dietitian.

If a man does not wish to speak with a registered dietitian, the book Fueling Male Fertility is available on Amazon as a guide for nutrition and lifestyle interventions for the male partner.

5. Why should men consider preconception nutrition counseling?

Recent studies have confirmed that health and nutrition of BOTH men and women before conception is important not only for pregnancy outcomes but also for the lifelong health of their children and even the next generation. Men’s nutrition may also play a role in ART success. At a minimum, conducting a Dietary Audit will help to ensure that your dietary practices are appropriate for your specific needs and in alignment with medical standards.

6. Can nutrition counseling be rendered in-person?

Registered Dietitian Lauren Manaker is available for in-person counseling sessions in the Charleston, SC, area. Her office location is located in the NoMo area of downtown Charleston. She is also available to meet on James Island, West Ashley, and Mt Pleasant. Email Lauren to request a meeting. Dietary Audits are only available through our web-based platform.

7. Do I need a physician’s referral for your services?

You do not need a referral. However, we recommend you share any advice provided by Nutrition Now, LLC, with your physician or healthcare provider to gain approval before making lifestyle changes. We are happy to share any notes or details with your health care provider.

8. Do you offer a nutrition audit for women diagnosed with gestational diabetes?

Yes. A one-on-one consultation is more appropriate than a nutrition audit, as a full assessment of diet and lifestyle is the best option. Learn More

9. Do you offer breastfeeding support?

Nutrition Now offers nutrition support to new mothers to ensure proper self-care and optimal nutrition for postpartum healing and lactation (if mom is breastfeeding). In-depth lactation counseling is not available at this time, but we have a network of brilliant clinicians and can make referrals.

10. What is the difference between a Dietary Audit and Nutrition Counseling?

With a Dietary Audit, you will never speak live (over the phone or in-person) with a dietitian. Everything is web-based through a secure messaging platform. Dietary Audits are great for those who want a quick and low cost way to evaluate dietary habits and supplementation without having to make any appointments or time-commitments. Audits are not a substitute for nutrition counseling and will not encompass all changes that may need to take place to achieve desired health outcomes. However, it is a great way to ensure you are “on the right track” with your eating habits and supplement regimen to help you attain your goal.

Nutrition counseling is more in-depth and gives you an opportunity to speak with an RD. This option is going to provide you with more information and a higher level of personalization. This service is recommended for those diagnosed with gestational diabetes and more complicated health concerns.

11. What if the displayed availability for nutrition counseling doesn’t work with my schedule?

If a certain time-frame works better for you that is not displayed as “available”, simply send Lauren a message on the Contact page. She will be happy to try and accommodate whichever time/day works best for you.

12. If I am a healthy with no pre-existing conditions, why should I consider a nutrition audit?

Audits ensure you are not taking any supplements you may not need, are not over supplementing, and are taking in adequate amounts of certain nutrients that are essential during pregnancy, the prenatal period, preconception, and if struggling with infertility. Additionally, this would ensure that you are not taking in any food or supplements that may pose harm to you or your baby. Prenatal nutrition plays a role in offspring's health over the course of his or her life, and simple measures can reduce the risk of having adverse pregnancy outcomes. Most health care providers do not have the time to ask many nutrition-related questions during appointments and I want to make sure your nutrition choices and lifestyle choices are what is best for your health goals.

Some adverse pregnancy outcomes caused by poor nutrition include:

  • low birth weight

  • premature birth

  • neural tube defects

  • allergies

  • cognitive issues

  • birth defects

  • cretinism

  • infectious disease

  • child's development of disease later in life, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and obesity

13. My doctor recommended I lose weight or gain weight to support my fertility. Can Nutrition Now help?

Yes! Nutrition now can assist with your weight goals with fertility/preconception principles in mind. If you were advised to lose or gain a significant amount of weight by your health care provider, one-on-one virtual nutrition counseling is the preferred method instead of a nutrition audit, as lifestyle and behavior modification is typically required to achieve any weight goals. It is very unlikely that we will be able to accomplish desired weight goals via a nutrition audit. 

14. Why should I get a nutrition audit after my baby is born?

Typically the nutrition advice women receive post-baby is to "keep taking your prenatal vitamin". Nutrition needs change and recommended daily intake of certain nutrients are different than when you were pregnant. You are going from "making a baby-mode" to "recovery" mode (and lactation mode if breastfeeding). Different nutrition needs arise with these changes. Having an audit ensures you are taking the appropriate supplement (if needed) as well as consuming food that will promote healing and lactation (if breastfeeding) post-baby.

15. Will meeting with a dietitian help me get pregnant?

There is no magic bullet to getting pregnant (unfortunately). Even ART is not guaranteed. There are specific nutrition interventions that have been shown in clinical studies to result in positive outcomes regarding fertility. More research is emerging supporting the implementation of certain dietary measures and more successful IVF cycles. If a women is choosing to freeze her eggs, there are steps she can take at least three months prior to retrieval that have been shown to improve egg quality in certain cases. Utilizing the services offered by Nutrition Now, LLC will provide you with personalized nutrition guidance that is evidence-based and realistic. 

16. Will Lauren only see clients in Charleston, SC?

No! Lauren will see clients nationwide virtually. Lauren has seen clients virtually from Mt. Pleasant SC, Savannah GA, Atlanta GA, Boulder CO, Greenville SC, Birmingham AL, and many other cities that may not have a dietitian that specializes in infertility, preconception, prenatal, or postnatal nutrition.