Lifestage: Postnatal

Lifestage: Postnatal

By Shannan Garrison

 

Prenatals? You were on top of those. But, postnatals? Many women don’t think to change to them or discontinue use of natal vitamins at this oh-so important time. Now that your baby is born, your body is in need of some different nutrients. These provide benefits like post-pregnancy support, immune support, and lactation support for you and your baby.

When starting your postnatal journey, look for supplements that include these ingredients: 

Folate
Since mothers are no longer supporting the baby in the womb, their bodies no longer need the higher amounts of methylfolate needed for their baby's neurodevelopment that their prenatal should have provided. Look for a postnatal that provides 100% of the daily value for women. Folate, unlike folic acid, can be used by the body immediately. It not only supports your body’s energy production (1, 2), brain’s processing speed (3), and memory (4),  it is needed for synthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine (5), which affect sleep (6), cognitive function (7), and mood (8). 

Vitamin B12
Brain and nervous system development begin much sooner than you’d expect. Methylcobalamin, also known as vitamin B12, helps support this process. And when combined with methylfolate, your body forms red blood cells and produces SAMe, a compound involved in immune function and mood. They also help iron work better in the body. If you are vegan or vegetarian during this lifestage, it’s important to supplement your B12, as your body doesn’t make it and it’s exclusively found in animal products. 

Organic Wellness Blend
A wellness blend that provides vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients to help support the demands of being a new mother is important at this lifestage. And, since nausea and a slower digestive system are no longer an issue, this wellness blend can replace the herbal digestive blend you may have been taking.  

Probiotics
By adding probiotics to the above essentials, you can support a healthy gut-brain connection. Your gut, through its Gut Microbe System, influences your brain's function (9, 10). Plus, with probiotics, you’ll get the added benefits of promoting better digestion, healthy regularity, lactation, and immunity for you and baby. 

Vitamin D
It’s possible for you to get vitamin D without worrying about sun damage. Proper vitamin D levels may boost mood (11), support immunity (12), and build healthy bones—all so important at this life stage (13). Most people are deficient in vitamin D, so it’s important to add this supplement to your daily routine.  

 

Looking for supplements with the above ingredients to help you start your journey? We’ve got you covered.

Mama Bird Postnatal Multi+ was designed to beautifully nourish you during your postnatal time. Our premium, physician-formulated, vegan multivitamin has been crafted with an organic vegetable blend, probiotics, a digestive enzyme blend, and purified vitamins and minerals to help you feel Best Nest Beautiful from the inside out. 

Mama Bird Probiotics were designed to beautifully nourish you and your baby for vibrant health. With our vegan-friendly formula, our once-daily probiotics provide lactation, pregnancy, and immune support for you and your baby. We hope you’ll feel Best Nest Beautiful from the inside out.

Sunny Skies Vitamin D Drops are made from pure fractionated coconut oil (MCT oil) and vitamin D3. This sunshine-in-a-bottle supplement helps restore and maintain vitamin D levels. Proper vitamin D levels may boost mood, support immunity, and build healthy bones.

 

References:

(1) Mitochondrial function and toxicity: Role of the B vitamin family on mitochondrial energy metabolism, Elsevier, Chemico-Biological Interactions, Volume 163, Issues 1-2, 27 October 2006, Pages 94-112.

(2) Vitamin B Supplementation: What's the Right Choice for Your Patients? J Psychosoc Nurse Ment Health Serv, 2017 Jul 1;55(7):7-11, doi: 10.3928/02793695-20170619-02.

(3) Effect of 3-year folic acid supplementation on cognitive function in older adults in the FACIT trial: a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial, Volume 369, Issue 9557, 20–26 January 2007, Pages 208-216.

(4) Short-Term Folate, Vitamin B-12 or Vitamin B-6 Supplementation Slightly Affects Memory Performance But Not Mood in Women of Various Ages,  Janet Bryan, Eva Calvaresi, Donna Hughes, The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 132, Issue 6, June 2002, Pages 1345–1356.

(5) The Methylation, Neurotransmitter, and Antioxidant Connections Between Folate and Depression,  Alternative Medicine Review. Sep2008, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p216-226. 11p.

(6) Serotonin control of sleep-wake behavior, Sleep Medicine Reviews, Volume 15, Issue 4, August 2011, Pages 269-281.

(7) Serotonin and human cognitive performance, Curr Pharm Des, 2006;12(20):2473-86. doi: 10.2174/138161206777698909.

(8) Serotonin in Mood and Emotion, Handbook of Behavioral Neuroscience, Volume 21, 2010, Pages 367-378.

(9) The effects of probiotics on depressive symptoms in humans: a systematic review, Ann Gen Psychiatry. 2017; 16: 14. Published online 2017 Feb 20.

(10) Psychobiotics and the Manipulation of Bacteria–Gut–Brain Signals, Trends Neurosci. 2016 Nov; 39(11): 763–781.

(11) Vitamin D and Depression: Where is all the Sunshine?  Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2010 Jun; 31(6): 385–393.

(12) Vitamin D and the Immune System, J Investig Med. 2011 August ; 59(6): 881–886.

(13)  Vitamin D and Bone, Curr Osteoporos Rep. 2012 June ; 10(2): 151–159.


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