We get a lot of questions about this. Postnatal vitamins are a relatively new thing. We’ve been told for ages to just keep taking our prenatals after we give birth, or just stop when we run out. So what’s wrong with just continuing on that way?
There’s nothing WRONG with taking a prenatal after birth, but why settle for something that’s not ideally suited for your body’s very different needs after you give birth? You are no longer PREnatal. You are POSTnatal, and your body is VERY MUCH in need of recovery & rebuilding.
After giving birth, and even more so if you breastfeed, your body can be depleted of many nutrients, leaving you feeling like you’re running on empty and making recovery a longer, more difficult road.
Read on for the rundown on the different levels of VITAMINS needed in the postpartum period compared to pregnancy. These nutrients help mamas recover and thrive through their postpartum breastfeeding journey.
Vitamin A - Twice as much needed postpartum to support immunity and pass growth & development benefits on to baby via breast milk.
B Vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B9, B12) - needed in higher amounts postpartum to rebuild maternal stores, support energy production, boost mood, combat stress and exhaustion. Transfer to baby through breastmilk and continues to support baby’s development.
Vitamin C - More needed postpartum than in pregnancy. Levels in breastmilk increase or decrease based on mother’s consumption. Acts as an antioxidant in mother and baby, boosts immunity, and may help prevent mastitis
Vitamin D3 - needed in higher amounts postpartum. Decreases risk for postpartum depression & anxiety. Boost immunity and bone health, essential for development of baby’s brain & nervous system. Transfers to baby through breastmilk. Over 50% of pregnant mothers are deficient.
Vitamin E - more needed postpartum. Works as an antioxidant to improve skin health, boost immunity, and promote circulation and recovery after birth. Transfers to baby through breast milk and may help prevent anemia, protect eye and lung health, and aid in healthy muscle development in baby.