BIGGEST CONTEST EVER! Colleen’s Story.

Colleen is now 26 weeks pregnant.  If you haven’t been following Colleen’s story, or if you would like to read it again, click on “Colleen’s Story” in the blog tag cloud to the right.  This will bring up all blog posts about Colleen.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Colleen may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Colleen is based on a specific, detailed health and lifestyle assessment. They will not apply to every pregnant woman. If you are interested in a personal assessment for yourself, please send an e-mail to karen@natureprenatal.com.

Colleen’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between me and Colleen is extensive and continual.

Colleen is not currently supplementing with fish oil or calcium/magnesium as I have recommended.  She did start taking calcium/magnesium, but recently read an article about a study which linked calcium supplements to an increase in cardiovascular disease.  Of course, I understand her caution and I have encouraged her to discuss this with her doctor.  The truth is, there is much conflicting information out there and sometimes it’s downright impossible to make an informed and confident decision when it comes to supplements.  I do feel that it’s most beneficial to acquire all of our nutrition from food sources.  I respect Colleen’s decision not to supplement and recommend she eat more calcium and magnesium rich foods such as leafy green vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.  To maintain a healthy pregnancy, she needs at least 1,000 mg of calcium and 360 mg of magnesium daily.  It’s important to mention that not all supplements are created equally.  I highly recommend that anyone who is supplementing do their research and buy their supplements from a trusted, qualified source.  Again, always discuss any supplements you are taking with your doctor.

Some of Colleen’s earlier pregnancy issues are no longer a concern!  She is rarely experiencing heartburn or headaches!  She has some back pain, and suspects that has to do with picking up and carrying her one year old son.  She has received one prenatal massage, which provided some temporary relief.  I recommend she book more massage appointments and also consult with a chiropractor.

Her diet is much better than it was in the first trimester.  She feels she is eating well, although her food intake is not high in vegetables.  On average she consumes about 1 ½ servings of vegetables per day.  I would like to see her double that, which she can do by eating one serving with each main meal.

She has been suffering from a cold for the past three weeks.  To boost her immune system I recommend she eat foods containing vitamin C (citrus fruits, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and leafy green vegetables) raw honey and garlic.

I’m excited for Colleen as she nears the third and final trimester of her pregnancy!  I hope she continues to feel good, providing her baby with all of the nutrients and the love that he or she needs.

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