Question No.1 -- When it comes to postpartum nutrition, what do you find is the biggest obstacle?
- Getting enough food and nutrients postpartum.
- Babywearing was critical in freeing up hands for day-to-day tasks.
- People talk a lot about a pregnancy diet, but the majority of increase in nutrients needed is postpartum.
- You need more nutrients to rebuild and heal, especially if you’re breastfeeding and/or if you lost any blood during delivery.
Question No. 2 -- You talk a lot about “rebuilding” through nutrition, which makes so much sense because after giving birth our body has truly been through a battle. What advice can you share for mamas in the postpartum haze who are just trying to take it day by day?
- Try to think about food as your medicine. If you needed to take medicine you wouldn’t skip a day. Reframe the way you think about food.
- Make meals as simple as possible to help you feel good again.
- Nut butter on whole grain toast, apples or bananas
- Avocado with salt and olive oil.
- Avoid foods that make you feel even more fatigued.
- Try to incorporate more slow-cooked grains vs. refined grains to help with energy and milk production.
- Buy pre-cut produce when you can, it makes life so much easier.
Question No. 3 -- What are some signs that mamas might not realize are actually symptoms of inadequate nutrition postpartum?
- Milk supply issues
- Digestive issues
- Moodiness and fatigue
- Inability to fall asleep and stay asleep
- Anxiety and depression
- Postpartum Thyroid Dysfunction
- Skin manifestations (acne, eczema, etc.)
Question No. 4 -- What can a mama expect when working 1:1 with you? Are there any other services or products you offer that our audience can benefit from??
- Working together to address the root cause of any ongoing issues.
- Looking at blood work
- Modifications or additions to diet
- Modifications to lifestyle – sleep, stress, relationships, exercise, etc.