Amy is exactly what
a midwife should be - cautious to intervene, resourceful, nonjudgmental, patient, gentle, and wise. Her care and support have given me such confidence in my ability to birth and mother. My family and I are so grateful to her!
If you are living where you will be raising your own food organically on richly composted soil, have a goat, some chickens and a salmon stream, grind your own grain and bake your own bread, then you probably will not need any additional vitamin or mineral supplements. However, if you live in the suburbs or city and buy most of your food at a supermarket, prenatal supplements are not only recommended, they are necessary! Supplements will furnish any essential nutrients not obtained in adequate amounts of good wholesome foods.
These are the basic daily dietary needs during pregnancy. The nutrients recommended for lactating women are fairly comparable to those of pregnancy.
Calories: 2,400 – 2,600 per day
Protein: 75 – 100gms daily
Calcium and Phosphorus: 1-2 gms daily
These are the most abundant minerals in the body.
Magnesium: 600-800 mg daily
Iodine: 3-4mg daily
Zinc: 10-15 mg daily
Iron: 30-60 mg daily
More information on nutrition and health during pregnancy can be found: www.acog.org