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  • Breeanna Betar

Are you just exhausted or is it actually postpartum depletion?

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

a tired mum sleeping on the couch with her baby

Postpartum depletion, the silent struggle many new mothers face, refers to the nutrient and hormone deficits that persist in the years following pregnancy and childbirth. It's a journey marked by a lack of sleep, nutrient depletion, fatigue, mood swings, breastfeeding challenges, and the physical recovery, which can be as intense as the miracle of birth itself. These processes put immense pressure on the human body, depleting it of vital vitamins, minerals, and hormones.

Postpartum depletion could be the underlying cause of:

  • exhaustion

  • insomnia

  • mood changes

  • menstrual issues

  • weight gain

  • thyroid or other hormonal issues

  • skin and hair issues

  • poor immunity

  • digestive issues

  • poor stress tolerance

Just like you would have had blood tests done to check your nutrient status and hormones during your prenatal appointments, you need to have your levels checked postpartum – and I mean really checked. A pregnant woman requires higher levels of essential nutrients than a non-pregnant woman, and while this is well-known, we often overlook the importance of maternal nutrition. The truth is, consulting a nutritionist during your pregnancy is the key to not only having a healthy baby but also ensuring a smooth post-birth recovery.

Just as you had blood tests during your prenatal check-ups to monitor your nutrient status and hormones, it's equally important to get your levels checked postpartum. But here's the crucial point – falling within the 'normal' range doesn't necessarily mean your levels are optimal for your unique health needs. This is where the expertise of a nutritionist becomes invaluable. We can provide insight into where your levels truly stand and where they should be for you to feel your best.

The same holds true for nutrition and supplements. Taking care of yourself postpartum is just as vital as it was during pregnancy. Your body has been through a lot, and it's essential to provide it with the nourishment it needs to replenish and restore your pre-baby vitality.

In the caring hands of professionals, you can find guidance and support for your postpartum well-being. So, remember, your post-birth journey deserves just as much attention and care as your pregnancy. It's time to nurture your body and mind, mama. 💕

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