Symptoms of Marginal Nutrient Deficiencies

 

  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Stressed
  • Irritability
  • Trouble with concentration or remembering
  • Numbness or tingling of extremities
  • Low immunity or prone to colds or the flu
  • Depression / Anxiety
  • Cravings for sweets
  • Morning Sickness

 

DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY: Deficiencies in vitamin B1.

Whole grains, wheat germ, peanuts, green peas, dark leafy green vegetables, lean pork, cooked dried beans and peas.

CRAVING SWEETS/MORNING SICKNESS: Deficiency in Vitamin B6

VERY PALE SKIN: Deficiency in Folic Acid

FATIGUE:  deficiency in iron

Before becoming fatigued, remember that many foods are packed with iron. So begin eating these foods even before becoming pregnant. These foods are: Black Strap Molasses, Spinach, Kale,

INCREASED COLDS AND SUSCEPTIBILITY TO FLU: Deficiency in copper, iron, selenium, zinc, Vitamin A & Beta Carotine, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, or any of the B vitamins (especially Folic Acid)

DISORIENTATION/NUMBNESS OR TINGLING OF EXTREMITIES/MOODINESS/IRRITABILITY/DIZZYNESS: Vitamin B12 deficiency which causes macrocytic anemia, or if the cause is by a lack of digestive factor, pernicious anemia.  These two are not the same as an iron deficiency.

Found mostly in food of animal origin, i.e. meats, milk and eggs. If found in plant form it usually is due to fermentation such as Miso.

Note: B12 deficiency may put you at risk for a preterm delivery, or a low-birth-rate baby.

 

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What is a Doula?

doula at work

What is a Doula?

  • A woman who assists in childbirth
  • A woman who is experienced in childbirth, and provides:
    • Physical, emotional, informational assistance
    • Supports the mother before, during, and immediately after childbirth
  • The word “Doula” is Greek and means “a woman who serves”
    • Today it refers to a trained and experienced professional that provides continuous physical and emotional support during pregnancy, birth, and a short time after the baby is born
  • How they assist
    • With reading materials
    • Make prenatal and post-partum visits
    • Birth plans
    • Self-advocacy tools for pregnant women in a hospital setting
    • Pain management
    • Relaxation techniques
    • Can assure a safe birth/honoring the needs of the mother
    • Validation: birth experiences, and choices made for pregnancy outcomes
    • Support immediately after birth (approximately the first 2 hours after)
  • Research has shown, when a woman is present during labor as a support person that:
    • pain relief is needed less often
    • labor is shorter
    • fewer deliveries with forceps or vacuum extraction
    • C-sections
    • More likely to be still breast-feeding 6 weeks after birth
      • Less likely to have depression during the post-partum period.