Postpartum depression is one of the top pregnancy and post-natal complications. It's influenced by a number of nutritional and non-nutritional factors, and it knows no age, race, income level or cultural boundaries.
Pregnancy and lactation are a lengthy and demanding chunk of time in a person's life. They bring increased nutritional needs and leave the body lacking in certain vitamins, minerals and healthy fat stores before finding balance in the months following pregnancy. The most notable nutritional deficiencies associated with postpartum depression are Omega-3 fatty acids, folate, iron and zinc.
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The postpartum period often brings an abrupt interruption to balanced nutrition and overall wellbeing. When made aware of in advance there are things that can be done to watch out for and support parents in the weeks following birth. Focusing on what you put in your body seems too easy to be helpful, but it can provide a huge advantage in prevention.
Exhaustion and moodiness are some of the biggest complaints we hear as doulas from our clients postpartum. The good news is that along with adequate rest and awareness, proper nutrition plays a key role in combating both of those, as well as post-natal depressive tendencies overall. At MamaFare, we love taking the hard work and the guess work out of what to eat in those first weeks with a new baby. Let us help you with our personally-tailored culinary service.