Expert Tips - Prenatal vs. Postnatal Supplement?
When a mother gives birth, her body has much different vitamin and mineral needs than it did while it was supporting the baby growing inside her. For example, compared to the prenatal period, calcium, folate, B vitamins and vitamin D are in higher demand, while iron needs are lower in the postpartum period - especially for breastfeeding mothers.
Why then, should a mother continue taking a supplement that is not designed to meet her current nutritional needs?
A postpartum supplement should:
- provide ideal amounts of vitamins, minerals to help your body recover and stay replete after giving birth.
- support breast milk production and ensure you are not further depleted while breastfeeding.
- encourage the body's natural healing processes with botanicals aimed at relieving the most common postpartum symptoms.
Some of the stats:
- More than 80% of mothers in the U.S. begin their postpartum period breastfeeding their baby.
- 1 in 7 women may experience symptoms of postpartum depression in the first year postpartum.
- Sleep fragmentation and deprivation associated with the postpartum period can have a negative impact on cognition, mood, and motor skills.
Supporting your body’s changing vitamin and mineral needs by filling any nutritional gaps, as well as supplementing with effective, targeted botanicals can build an enormous defense against your risk of experiencing some very common postpartum nutritional deficiencies and related symptoms.
How are you supporting your body during your postpartum journey?