I love everything about pregnancy! Obviously, it's why I do what I do. Except yeast infections, I don't love those. Yeast infections are no fun! Especially when you are pregnant. Itchy and irritated rashes, smelly discharge, burning and soreness are all things no pregnant woman wants to deal with. These little fungi are not only irritating but can be dangerous by increasing the risk of Premature Rupture of Membranes from infection (PROM). Candida in pregnancy should always be taken seriously. That doesn't mean, though, that it cannot be treated without prescription antifungals. In fact, the success rate in treatment with diet (with or without medication) is greater than medication alone .
Did you know that 60-90% (depending on age group)(1) of reproductive aged women are not consuming enough Magnesium in America? This is a big problem, and even more so in pregnancy. In prenatal nutrition, we have heard about the need for things like Folate (please don't use Folic Acid), but we have not heard much on the need for Magnesium. Possibly because the goal of prenatal nutrition is to grow healthy babies, not the functional health of the mother. With the increasing rise of maternal health issues and death, this needs to change. (I am taking a little bump off my last post where I discussed how disappointed I am in the prenatal vitamins available in the market. If you want to know why, "Your Prenatal Vitamin Sucks" click here.)
Preeclampsia is a prenatal and postpartum condition that is hallmarked by gestational hypertension and the presence of protein in the urine. It occurs in approximately 5-8% of pregnant women, and can be life threatening. Woman who have had preeclampsia with a previous pregnancy are at a higher risk of developing it again.
There have been several studies linking different nutritional deficiencies with an increased risk of developing gestational hypertension and preeclampsia. In this article I will address the individual nutrients linked in these studies, as well as nutritional principles to get you started.
A Patient's Guide to Morning Sickness
So, you've found out your pregnant…congratulations! If you are one of the over 90% of pregnant women, you will experience some form of nausea during the first months of pregnancy. If you are one of the unfortunate 30%, you will experience severe symptoms that can lead to excessive vomiting and weight loss, or continued symptoms throughout pregnancy.
Most often, morning sickness is caused by the rising levels of HCG. Did you know, that it can also be a signal of vitamin deficiencies (B6, Magnesium, Potassium, and Zinc…all vitamins that are depleted with the use of hormonal birth control), or imbalances in the body?