Top 3 Supplements for New Moms to Consider
Everyone knows that full term pregnancy is the optimal term length that new moms strive for. Something as a new mom you may not know is the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists have included the “4th trimester” as a crucial part of postnatal health that includes the month following birth. Your nutritional needs the month following delivery are vital to breastfeeding. It will also help you to be better prepared to fight off depression, aid in healing and building strength following delivery.
We know nutrition is important for you and your baby. You may be trying to do your best from foods, however supplementation may be necessary. What nutrients should new moms supplement following birth? These three key nutrients have been highlighted in the last year as common nutrients new moms are not getting enough of following delivery.
While sunshine and fortified dairy products are a good source of vitamin D, it is still common for new moms to experience vitamin D deficiencies. Supplementation can aid in reaching the recommended 600 IU’s per day.
EPA & DHA
Studies reported some of the lowest levels of EPA and DHA in breast milk for some parts of the US due to not getting enough fatty fish in our diets. Considering supplementation of a good Omega-3 after delivery can help with this. You may also consider adding salmon or tuna 2-3 times a week to your diet in 3 ounce servings.
90-95% of pregnant women consume inadequate amounts of choline in postnatal nutrition. Choline can be found in meats such as poultry and fish, dairy products and eggs and in produce such as brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. The recommended intake for breast feeding moms is 450-550 mg a day.
As we all know, motherhood can be busy so please feel free to reach out to us if you are needing help and guidance not only with supplementation but also your nutrition! We are always happy to help guide you through this process, whether it be helping identify first foods to feed your infant and when that occurs, or helping you with your own personal nutrition for health and wellness. Contact us here to get started!