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February 15th, 2007, 08:35 AM
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I know this isn't homebirth related, but still thought maybe you ladies could help. What can I take to give me some more energy? I am dead tired all the time and just can't seem to get anything done. It feels like something is really wrong with me, but it's probably just the fact that I'm older now, have more kids, and just not handling this pregnancy as easily as my others. I don't have any prenatals yet, so I've just been taking a regular multivitamin. But between being pregnant and nursing a 1.5 yr old. I just don't think it's enough. I do eat pretty healthy and have been trying to get in extra greens. Wondering if you know of anything else I can do or take to give me some energy?
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February 15th, 2007, 10:28 AM
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Hmm, how is your iron level? That's the first thing I would turn to as most preggies are anemic just a touch. I know that herbal iron has worked for me but it's on the pricey side. Abbey has used alfalfa tablets (or is it kale? I forget...) and they were excellent! You could also look at a B6 or a B12 suppliment as those will help you absorb more of what you need from the foods you eat.
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February 15th, 2007, 01:53 PM
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I take alfalfa tablets rather than prenatal vitamins. Fatigue is just part a part of early pregnancy for me and always has been. It does get harder when you have more that has to be done....

A quick and easy way to self-test your iron levels is to gently pull down on your lower eyelid and look at the skin lining in there. If it is red you probably are okay on iron, but if it is pale pink or white, you might need to find a way to get more iron in your diet (I do not personally recommend iron pills).
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February 15th, 2007, 02:08 PM
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I woudl suggest getting a whole food prenatal supplement from your local health food store. Alfalfa & nettle are great sources of vitamin k & will also help strengthen the bag of waters to avoid premature rupture of membranes down the road. I believe alfalfa is also good for iron.

Make sure youre getting enough protein as well - 75 to 100 grams minimum per day


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February 19th, 2007, 01:09 AM
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LaLa: do you ahve a resource where I can see what protein I can eat to get to 100 grams a day? I cant begin to get an idea of what would total up to that....


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February 19th, 2007, 07:27 AM
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Missy Princess Eha has a protien chart, I think the link is in her siggy.
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February 19th, 2007, 01:56 PM
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Check out http://www.blueribbonbaby.org

They also have a spreadsheet you can download that will help you keep track & I believe they have a chart that has protein servings on it.

The diet on the blue ribbon baby website also gives you a few tips to ensure that you have a good foundation & get the minimum protein in per day. Liek 4 glasses of milk every day, 3 servings of lean meats I believe, etc.

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The basics are:
# One quart (4 glasses) or more of milk. Any kind will do: whole milk, low fat, skim, buttermilk, or cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc....

# Two eggs, (hard boiled, in french toast, or added to other foods).

# One or two servings of fish or seafood, liver, chicken, lean beef, lamb, pork, beans or any kind of cheese.

# One or two good servings of fresh green leafy vegetables: mustard, collard, turnip greens, spinach, lettuce, or cabbage.

# Two or three slices of whole wheat bread, cornmeal, cornbread, or tortillas.

# A piece of citrus fruit or glass of juice of lemon, lime, orange, tomato, or grapefruit.

# Three pats of butter.

# Other fruits and vegetables.

Also include in your diet:

1. A serving of whole grain cereal such as oatmeal or granola.

2. A yellow or orange-colored fruit or vegetable five times a week.

3. Liver once a week. (if you like it)

4. Whole baked potato three times a week.

5. Plenty of fluids, water, juice etc.

6. Salt food to taste for a safe increase in blood volume.

And that bradley link also has a protein counter


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