The New Mother: Taking care of yourself after birth

Adopting healthy dietary and physical activity behaviours during the postpartum period is important to promote optimal maternal health, both in the short and long term.

During lactation only a moderate increase in your energy needs is necessary for milk production. Your nutrient intake, as a mother, will influence your babies nutrient intake while breastfeeding.

However, it is commonplace for women of all ages not to meet dietary intake recommendations. Although some women may eat healthily during pregnancy these habits often discontinue following childbirth.

Much of the support is focused on breastfeeding and care of the newborn, rather than the physical health of the mother. At NewDay we care about the health of both Mama and Child. Adequate nutrition is essential for the mother’s health.

Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) is the most prevalent mood disorder associated with childbirth. PPD is characterised by sadness, fatigue, irritability and disinterest in life events. Women with PPD often experience feelings of guilt and anxiety related to birth and parenting.

No single cause of PPD has been identified, however the increased risk of nutritional deficiencies through the high nutritional requirements of pregnancy may play a role in the pathology of depressive symptoms.

Nutritional interventions as possible treatment for PPD:

  • Omega-3
  • Vitamin D
  • Overall diet

How can omega-3 influence in postpartum depression?

Omega-3 may influence depression through their impact on the immune system’s inflammatory response. Supplementation with these molecules has been shown to decrease levels of key inflammatory compounds. Moreover, deficient omega 3 levels in the body (just like deficient vitamin D levels) lead to dysfunction in serotonin (the “happy”hormone) activation.

Vitamin D and postpartum depression

Various studies have examined the relationship between vitamin D levels and depression, linking inadequate vitamin D levels to depression.

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✔ Complies with the extra nutrient recommendations
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