When you're preparing to have a baby, prenatal supplements are probably (and rightly) high on your priority list. But after you've brought your little bundle of joy into the world, there's no need to cross taking your supplements off your to-do list.
In fact, postnatal health is just as important as your health during pregnancy, explains Nurse Suzie, founder of Binto. "Your body just went through a major shift — you gave birth to a human whom you're now responsible for — so taking care of yourself is a must. Yet it's something that for so long, society has neglected."
Plus, motherhood isn't always a smooth road. There are a ton of changes that new moms go through, both mental and physical. (Here are 8 major postpartum changes new moms can expect.) Just to name a few: Your hormones are shifting, your breasts may be still be swollen, you may experience uncomfortable bowel movements and bladder leakage. Fortunately, certain supplements have been proven to make the road of new motherhood a little less rocky.
Which Postpartum Supplements Are Best?
After your baby arrives, you should continue taking whatever prenatal you've been taking (ideally, Binto!). Also make sure to include the follow in your postpartum vitamin pack:
- DHA/EPA: Omega-3 fatty acids are a vital ingredient to help prevent symptoms of postpartum depression. Plus, if you're breastfeeding, it also helps encourage healthy brain development in your baby. Aim to get at least 200mg of fatty acids while breast feeding. You can also find these in fatty fish such as salmon.
- Probiotics: These are amazing for gut health postpartum, and are safe while breastfeeding.
- Vitamin D3: This important nutrient, which helps with the absorption of calcium, regulates bone growth, and reduces inflammation, is a key nutrient for breastfeeding moms.
- Calcium: Studies show that women lose about 3-5% of their bone density while breastfeeding, so it's essential to get enough calcium to keep up with your nursing. A daily intake of 1000mg is typically recommended. You can also obtain calcium from low-fat dairy, dark leafy greens, salmon, tofu, sardines, tofu, almonds, and other fortified food products.
- Finally, selenium, iron, and iodine are also necessary if new moms are experiencing any thyroid issues, Nurse Suzie notes.
Feeling overwhelmed? Don't worry; when you fill out your Binto survey, we'll make sure to get you all the ingredients you need in your personalized supplement packs!