Why do I need to eat differently during pregnancy & postpartum?
Your body is changing - both physically and hormonally. Studies have shown that nutrition impacts both short-term: the likelihood of developing gestational conditions, proper development of baby’s organs, hormonal imbalance and long-term: epigenetic modifications, metabolic pathways and flavor learning that can impact development of childhood and adult diseases.
What is Eastern Food Therapy?
What you eat impacts you physically, emotionally and mentally. We take a holistic approach, learning from the “best of” other cultures, to infuse safe ingredients that have proven, therapeutic benefits. However, there may be circumstances where supplemented medication is necessary. Please consult your healthcare provider to discuss your own situation.
How long is the postpartum period?
Ancient Eastern cultures followed The First 40 Days after birth, recent scientific studies advocate for The First 1,000 Days (from conception to baby’s second birthday). Our advice? Listen to your body and what works for your family.
What kind of ingredients do you use?
Our recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free using whole, fresh ingredients. Never any refined sugars, trans-fats, additives or artificial preservatives. Organic & locally sourced, whenever possible.
Should I be taking a prenatal vitamin?
We assume that our clients are taking a prenatal vitamin, as recommended by their OBGYN. However, meals based on whole foods are still the best source of positive benefits for your body which can be complemented by a prenatal vitamin. As they say "you cannot out-supplement a bad diet".
How does your plan differ for those who plan to breastfeed or not?
In postpartum, our snacks are made with galactogogue foods, but these are also healthy and beneficial if breastfeeding is not in your plan. If you are breastfeeding, you will need ~300 more calories, but no need to stress. This just means our meal plans may last longer or you may need more snacks - your body knows best.
How many calories are in each day?
Over the course of a day, our meals provide ~2000 calories for TTC and Trimester 1. This increases to ~2300 for Trimesters 2, 3, and postpartum if breastfeeding. This is based on an average recommended daily values. Listen to your body if you need more or less.
Which meal plan do you recommend?
We thoughtfully curate the meals each day to make sure you are getting a balanced diet that meets your needs. Therefore, we recommend the full day plan as it's the best way to get all the benefits the recipes are designed for. However, we also have many meal plan options, as we know that the full day is not always feasible with your lifestyle.
What if I have allergies?
All of our recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free. Please chat/email us if you have other allergies, and we will do our best to make it work. We are actively working on expanding our offerings, and would love to hear about what you need.
Do you have a vegetarian option?
Yes! Our menu is plant-forward already. For recipes with meat, we offer thoughtful vegetarian-friendly substitutions that ensure similar nutritional balance. Please chat/email us if you have any questions.
How do I order for a friend?
Create an account under your name, indicate that it is a gift (one-time or recurring) and provide your friend’s email & contact. We will reach out to them for managing delivery schedules.
Can my whole family eat Nouri?
Yes, all meals are safe and nutritious for everyone in your family. Of course, portion sizes will vary, so eat until full. While snacks and broths are made specifically for pregnancy needs, feel free to share (though you may not want to)! Order additional meals at a discount - $15/meal only - for up to 3 of your family members. Add-ons will be delivered along with your main order (sans snack), and have the same portion size as your main meal.
How do I know when my delivery is on the way?
You’ll receive a text that delivery is on the way and an ETA. Meet us at the door or we can drop it off at a safe spot. Food will be insulated with an ice pack to ensure freshness.
What do I do with the delivery packaging?
All of our materials are sustainable & recyclable. We sanitize and re-use the bags and ice packs on subsequent deliveries - just leave them outside your door by Sunday @ 3pm when deliveries begin.
How do you support the communities you serve?
We are committed to equitable food systems - we partner with organizations that support our mission and donate a portion of meals for low-income new parents. We believe deeply in diversity, equity and inclusion from who we serve, to who we hire, to who we partner with. If you have any suggestions for how we can improve, please let us know.
I love your service, but I can’t afford it
Please email us. We are building a coalition to better support and advocate for parents and families on SNAP/WIC - we’d love to hear from you. Good nutrition is a universal need.
I don’t know when I’ll start my postpartum meals. How do I schedule/change my first delivery date?
We know (bringing new) life is unpredictable. At checkout, we’ll ask you to leave an estimated date for your first Sunday delivery. We’ll start checking in two weeks prior to confirm. If you need to reschedule, email us with the subject “Postpartum reschedule” 5 days prior to your first scheduled delivery.
We love what you’re doing. Can we discuss a partnership?
Absolutely! We love supporting other brands - email us.