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Nutrition in Pregnancy

A balanced diet is important to support good health throughout your life. However, when you become pregnant, a healthy diet is even more crucial. The foods that you consume are your baby’s primary source for nutrients.
It may take a little bit of effort to eat healthy foods during your pregnancy, but the benefits to both you and your baby are well worth the trouble. If you are pregnant and you have not been maintaining a healthy diet, it is time to change your bad habits and do what is best for your new baby.
Before you ever become pregnant is the best time to start eating all the right foods. When you practice a healthy diet before your pregnancy, you are laying the proper foundation to ensure that you and your baby will both have all of the important nutrients that you need to stay healthy. If you have plans to become pregnant, you need to discuss nutrition with your health care provider.

Basic Nutrition
Even if you are not currently pregnant, your diet needs to include an adequate amount of carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins proteins and fat. When you become pregnant, the amount of these nutrients that you need will increase.
A few of the most important nutrients include:
• Calcium to help your baby build strong teeth and bones
• Iron to help red blood cells carry oxygen to your baby
• Vitamin A to help your baby form healthy eyesight and skin, in addition to aiding bone growth
• Vitamin C to ensure your baby’s teeth, gums and bones are healthy, as well as helping your body with the absorption of iron
• Vitamin D to help your baby build strong teeth and bones
• Vitamin B6 for the formation of red blood cells, which help the body use carbohydrates, fat and protein
• Vitamin B12 is necessary for the formation of red blood cells and helps maintain the nervous system
• Folate is important in the production of protein and blood, in addition to helping with some enzyme function
Try eating a variety of different foods in the recommended amounts from basic food groups. This is the best way to make sure that you and you baby are getting all of the important nutrients that you need in order to remain healthy.

Additional Nutrients
Once you become pregnant, it is important to increase the amount of folic acid and iron that you consume in your regular diet. In order to get the additional nutrient that you need during this crucial time, prenatal vitamins are recommended for most pregnant women.
Prenatal vitamins are supplements that contain the recommended daily amount of the vitamins and minerals that are necessary for a healthy pregnancy. This includes copper, zinc, minerals and folic acid, as well as vitamins A, C and D. Your health care provider should be able to provide you with information specific to your needs, as taking some minerals and vitamins in excess may be harmful during pregnancy.

Special Dietary Concerns
As you are working on eating right in order to keep you and your baby healthy, you must keep a number of things in mind when you are deciding what to eat. For example, you should be aware of the special concerns regarding caffeine while you are pregnant.
Although there is no research to proving a link between caffeine intake during pregnancy and miscarriage or low birth weight, you should limit the amount of caffeine you consume for a number of other reasons. Caffeine will not only stand in the way of adequate sleep, it can also increase the severity of morning sickness. In addition, caffeine can also increase the need to urinate, leading to dehydration.

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Doulas Rock!

I hired a midwife, do I really need a doula too?
Yes! Yes! Yes! Midwives and doulas play two different roles during birth. Having both makes for a well rounded birth team.
Here’s the thing, midwives are there to ensure you and baby are safe. Absolutely, they’ll hold your hand and say words of encouragement, but at the end of the day (or birth) their biggest priority is making sure baby and mom are healthy.
A doula, on the other hand is there for you. She’s trained in comfort measures. She knows all the things to do to make a mom feel comfortable and relaxed. She knows positions and “tricks” to help with pain management. She may use essential oils, massage, take a few photos, grab you food and water, engage dad in the birth….she may even fix your hair (if, like me, you have wild birth curls). Her only job is to be there for you. She’ll be like having your best friend, sister, or mother there. But, unlike most well meaning relatives, she’s extremely knowledgeable about birth.
Here’s another difference. In most cases your midwife will want to head to your house or have you come in to the birth center when you’re well in to active labor. And that’s when you’ll really want her there; when the action is happening! Problem is, many moms have long early labors. Early labors that feel a whole lot like active labor and you need more support. (I’m one of those moms!) That is when having a doula is so wonderful. She will bring a calming presence and “bag of tricks” that can actually help you get that sleep your midwife keeps telling you you need, but you can’t seem to get…. And, you do need that sleep. I promise. 🙂
As a doula, I’ve been asked, “if I have a doula does that mean my hubby won’t be involved?” The answer is no. Unless he wants to take a back seat and you and he have planned for that. A doula will either encourage and guide hubby in helping his wife through child birth or she will fill in for him, if wanted.
We’re blessed in DFW to not only have so many talented midwives, but to also have so many amazing doulas. You pair the two and you’ll have an awesome birth experience!!
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