With two new Mustard Seedlings + two more babies arriving later this year, our store has a case of baby fever! We wanted to follow up our recent blog post, “Tips for Supporting a Health Pregnancy” with a few more tips for supporting both mom and baby after pregnancy. There is a lot that happens during the postpartum period – a crazy hormone surge, sleep deprivation, breastfeeding, and so much more. We hope our advice is helpful in helping new/expecting moms navigate this time.
Please remember – we are not medical professionals. Consult your doctor/pediatrician before making any changes.
- Keep taking a prenatal vitamin. It’s generally recommended to continue taking a prenatal vitamin for at least three months after birth to replenish nutrient stores lost during delivery and to support recovery. This is particularly important for breastfeeding moms, as the vitamins are passed to the baby through the breastmilk. Continuing on a high-quality prenatal supplement will fill gaps in the diet and help support healthy energy levels during the fourth trimester, according to this source. (Bonus: it may help prevent the dreaded postpartum hair loss!)
2. Vitamin D for babies. According to the Mayo Clinic, breastfed babies need 400IU of vitamin D per day. Since sun exposure isn’t recommended for babies, a vitamin D supplement can help prevent deficiency. Formula is typically vitamin-D fortified, so this tip mostly applies to breastfeeding moms. Shop infant-specific vitamin D in store!
3. Support your mental health. The postpartum period is incredibly demanding. During this time, taking care of yourself can feel low on the list of priorities. We encourage you to take a few minutes each day to care for yourself – take a bath, go for a walk, cook yourself a meal. You can’t pour from an empty cup, as they say!