Melissa’s Story

Meet Melissa.

She is currently 17 weeks pregnant with her second child.

She has won my Biggest Contest Ever. This means from now until she has her baby in March, we will be working closely together on her prenatal health and nutrition goals.

Wild chamomile. White flowers. Selective focus. Bokeh

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Melissa may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Melissa 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.

Melissa’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 us is extensive and continual.

When Melissa and I first started working together, her main complaint was nausea.   As we all know, morning sickness is very common for a lot of women. One thing I want to stress for all pregnant women, is to take prenatal vitamins. In fact, women should start to take prenatal vitamins 3 – 6 months before conception. Often nausea is a result of a nutrient deficiency, and something as simple as taking a vitamin can ‘top up’ levels if they are too low. Of course, I have said this before and I’ll say it again, do not rely solely on vitamins to give you what you need. Nutrition in the form of real, natural foods is the best form of nutrients you can get. Of course, I’m talking about foods like fruits and vegetables, legumes, meat and eggs, etc. You know, real food. Not so much the processed food that comes in a box, bag or a can. Women who are pregnant require extra nutrients to support the growth and development of their baby. When experiencing morning sickness or nausea, it is crucial to mom and baby that all essential nutrients are being absorbed. The best way to ensure this is by eating a varied, whole food diet in addition to high quality vitamins and/or supplements.

*Always talk to your doctor or midwife about any vitamins or supplements you take.

In addition to prenatal vitamins, I have recommended that Melissa take fish oil and probiotic supplements. There have been various studies on both that confirm their benefits for mom and baby during pregnancy. For example, probiotics may reduce the risk of pregnancy complications like preeclampsia as well as reduce the baby’s risk of developing allergies. A good quality fish oil supplement will support a baby’s brain development and nervous system.

Now that her morning sickness has passed, Melissa is enjoying the second trimester and all the joys that come with pregnancy!

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