Notes for a Healthy Pregnancy
March, 2010 - Issue #65
ultrasound photography by Storks & Co. 254-8100
ultrasound photography by Storks & Co. 254-8100
Prenatal vitamins are not all the same. Food-based vitamins work so much better for your body because they are so much easier for your body to absorb. Brands like Rainbow Light and Super Nutrition are excellent. For most low-risk women, there is no need for prescription pre-natal vitamins. Often, these are made with fillers and artificial colors that your body doesn't need and can't really absorb.

Eat your greens. Dark-green leafy vegetables are an important nutrient carrier for any pregnant woman's body. Kale, collard and chard are examples of dark greens. These types of foods help women keep their iron levels up, which is especially important when a woman gets to her third trimester. Many woman may be "borderline" anemic - and not really know what that means. With early intervention with simple food choices, this can be resolved.

Remember: Birth is not a medical condition. Your body knows how to have a baby. Birth is a gift that should be cherished; it's not a routine procedure or a disease. A midwife will help you trust your body. We are guardians of normal, low-risk birth.
Know what you need. When you work with a midwife, we'll review all of your blood work so you have an understanding of what's going on in your body and we will discuss ways to help support your body in the most natural way. We will help you plan menus so you can learn how to get the foods you need to build a healthy baby. We will work with dietary choices and food-based supplements to help your body be in the best health possible while you are doing the important job of growing your baby. You can reach your midwife and she'll listen to your concerns, helping to get to the root of the issue with mom's and baby's best interest in mind. We don't look for the quick fix; we find a way to solve the problem, not mask the symptoms.

Water is Essential for a Healthy Pregnancy
Drinking at least 96 ounces of water a day is recommended for pregnant women. The number-one cause for preterm labor is dehydration. How many women do you know who had to go to the emergency room sometime during their pregnancy because they were contracting prematurely? Usually, the ER will put mom on IV fluids and send her home. Drink up!
Publishers' Note: Remington Pure BPA-free Water is our families' choice for clean, chemical-free hydration. A special introductory offer lets you try the Remington Pure under-the-sink system for only $9.95 a month. Call 257-9400 or visit for details.

Dental Health & Pregnancy
Several major studies have shown that there is a connection between premature birth and gum disease, so it is vital to receive proper dental care both before and during pregnancy. In fact, because of the hormonal changes that occur in pregnant women, gingivitis-causing bacteria have an easier time growing. It's essential that pregnant women practice good oral hygiene habits: flossing once a day, brushing at least twice a day, and receiving regular professional teeth cleanings. Resource: Valencia Dental Arts 799-9989
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