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Birth Nutrition Blog - by Melissa Chappell

200sq-melissaMelissa Chappell is founder of Raw Melissa, author of Purposeful Eating, and instructor at the Community School of Midwifery.

"I have worked with hundreds of expectant parents and birthing students for nearly 20 years as a doula and doula trainer, and as a childbirth educator and student midwife. I have been blessed to be able to travel regularly to third world countries to work with local midwives and pregnant and birthing women. I am currently at work on my second cookbook and a new book on nutrition in pregnancy."

pregnant-orange-juiceNutritional deficiencies can show up in a variety of ways. Take a look at these common deficiencies of pregnancy and their corresponding symptoms:

Iron Deficiency (Anemia):

  1. pale skin/lips
  2. shortness of breath
  3. weakness
  4. dizziness
  5. tiredness
  6. rapid heartbeat
  7. trouble concentrating
  8. desire to chew ice

pregnant-eat-tomatoes-300wThere are six basic components to nutrition and pregnant women need EVERY one of them. They are as follows:

  • Protein
    • Carbohydrates
      • Fats
  • Vitamins
    • Minerals
      • and Water