Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Prenatal vitamins were created to help your baby’s growth and development while in the womb, but it is important to continue nurturing your body and your baby’s body after childbirth. Vitamins and supplements can help your baby continue to grow healthy and strong, and they can help you heal and maintain good emotional and physical health after childbirth. Talk to your doctor to find out which vitamins and supplements will be best for you.
Vitamin D helps increase your milk supply and works with calcium to help build and repair strong bones. Vitamin D receptors have also been discovered in muscle tissue, and can help strengthen muscles as you increase your workouts to lose that baby weight. Stronger muscles typically burn fat more quickly, so it is important to incorporate a balanced strength and cardiovascular workout to help work off that weight in a healthy way. Vitamin C helps repair cartilage, skin, blood vessels, and tissue, which is especially important after labor. It can build scar tissue and help rebuild wounds, which are especially important for women who have had C-sections. In addition to Vitamin C, iron helps rebuilt red blood cells, which are important during labor and for the 4-6 weeks that most women bleed after childbirth. Keep your blood healthy and your energy levels high, so you can focus on your new little one.
B Vitamins help reduce depression. Many women experience some type of postpartum depression after giving birth. Having a baby is a tremendous life change, not to mention the physical exertion your body goes through during labor and delivery. Surround yourself with people who love and support you, and take time to ensure that your emotional health is thriving. B Vitamins help with the physical aspects of warding off depression, as well as getting consistent exercise. It doesn’t have to be intense or high-impact. Just take that little one out for some fresh air in the stroller and go for a 30-minute walk.
If you are trying to lose the baby weight after a pregnancy, be warned that crash dieting can send your energy levels to the depths at a time when you need your energy the most. Be sure to eat healthy, balanced meals and take vitamins and supplements to lose weight in a healthy way and preserve your energy and well-being to take care of yourself and your child.
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