Iron, Calcium, and Vitamin C

Iron, Calcium, and Vitamin C are three of the most important nutrients needed during pregnancy. 

“During pregnancy a woman’s daily requirement for iron doubles, from 15 to 30 milligrams — and no wonder: Iron is a major component of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen throughout the body and to the placenta. It also enables both mother and fetus to form new red blood cells. Getting enough iron becomes especially important in the second and third trimesters, when maternal blood volume increases and the fetus begins to store the mineral for the first few months after birth.

A shortage of iron can leave an expectant mom tired, pale, and infection-prone. If you have a deficiency, your doctor may prescribe an iron supplement in addition to your prenatal vitamin. However, you should still aim to eat at least four or five servings of iron-rich foods each day. For an extra boost, preparing foods in cast-iron cookware can increase their iron content. You can also enhance your body’s absorption of iron by pairing foods containing iron with a source of vitamin C (a snack of raisins and orange juice, a tomato-and-ground beef pasta sauce), and combining meat sources of iron with nonmeat sources (as in beef-and-bean chili). Because the tannin in tea and the polyphenols in coffee can interfere with iron absorption, avoid drinking them with meals.”

Calcium, as we all know, is important for our bones and teeth.  Generally, our baby will take from us what they need, but if our diet lacks calcium while pregnant, it will affect our bone health and teeth.  This is one reason that it’s more common for women to get cavities/caries during pregnancy than at other times.  During pregnancy, it’s especially important for us to be aware of our diet.  Any nutritional deficiencies we have may be passed to our babies, and we all want to give our babies the best start in life.   

*In general, you should consume iron-rich foods with vitamin C foods for maximum absorption, and iron and calcium supplements should be taken at least 2 hours apart.

Iron-rich Foods:

Red Meat


Egg yolks

Dark, leafy greens (

Beans, lentils, chickpeas/garbanzo beans

Dried Fruit (prunes, raisins, dates)

Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)

Turkey or Chicken giblets


Vitamin C-rich Foods:

Yellow Bell Peppers

Citrus Fruits




Dark, leafy greens





Calcium-Rich Foods:




Laban (cultured buttermilk)

canned fish with bones

dark, leafy greens


sesame seeds


Chinese Cabbage


Green Beans


Busy week!

Good Morning!

I’ve been wanting to make some posts, but this week has been very busy at home!  Please don’t forget about my blog!  I promise to make some good posts soon!  Hopefully today or tomorrow I will get something else up…something that’s beneficial!

I’ll leave you with this nice picture:

Breastfeeding after birth

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Traditional Mama

This blog is meant to share small tidbits of knowledge and new discoveries in science in the topics of birth, breastfeeding, and general health. The focus will be on bettering our health with traditional medicines, local, seasonal foods, exercise through ordinary daily activities, and inshaAllah will contain many resources for mothers in Saudi Arabia. This blog is not a replacement for medical advice. Remember that all health and illness comes from Allah and it’s upto us to stay positive and to make the best of what we’ve got.

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Welcome to Hayat Birth Services!

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Bismillah arrahman irraheem

Welcome to Hayat Birth Services blog.  I have started this blog to be able to better organize all of the useful information about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, babies, etc.  I also hope to use the blog to be able to reach more women in the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia.  I currently run a group in Facebook called ‘Pregnancy and Childbirth in the Kingdom’, so I hope this blog will help me to be able to quickly answer the same questions we see time and time again.

I became passionate about childbirth after having my second daughter.  I had a really wonderful birth experience alhamdulillah, and I wanted other women to have the same great experience when having their children.  Any mother can tell you how important the birth of your child is.  It’s a day you will never forget.  I want all women to have positive birth experiences, and part of getting that means that women need education about the natural processes of pregnancy and labor and delivery.

I am currently in training to become an AMANI certified childbirth educator and doula.  I am teaching my first series of childbirth classes now, and it’s wonderful!  My students have learned a lot in just a few classes.  It’s awesome to see their views of birth changing and see how they are becoming more positive about natural birth.

I chose to name my business Hayat Birth Services because Hayat means ‘Life’ in Arabic, so to me, it fits perfectly!

A little more about my background:  I am an American revert Muslim living in Saudi Arabia.  I have lived in Saudi Arabia for 6 1/2 years now.  I have three daughters, and since moving to Saudi, I have been a stay at home mother.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.  I enjoyed the challenge of Chemical Engineering, but I can say that it has definitely led me to want to live a more natural and healthy lifestyle.  As a part of Hayat Birth Services, I plan to offer natural, organic pregnancy and baby care products, organic herbal teas, organic herbal supplements, and organic coconut oil.

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