Trimester Four - after pregnancy

A pregnancy places incredibly high strain on the female body. We are created and prepared for it and the growing child takes what it needs so the physiological system prioritizes the child before the mother during pregnancy.

This means that the mother runs the risk of developing nutritional deficiencies during and after pregnancy. It can be difficult to identify which nutritional deficiencies you have and how to balance your body while breastfeeding and infant life is in full swing.

It's not very common to talk about preparation for pregnancy and most pregnant women enter pregnancy with the nutritional status they happen to have at the moment, instead of optimizing their health and fertility beforehand. When a woman enters into a pregnancy with current nutritional status, it is harder to maintain good nutritional levels for both the mother and the child during the pregnancy. Because the child is prioritized, the child gets the nutrition needed and any shortcomings that occur usually only affect the mother. Iron levels are a common example in which the mother is affected and the child gets what is needed to grow normally and when supplemented during pregnancy, the child is also given priority.

After pregnancy, you may experience different symptoms of nutritional deficiency. You don't necessarily develop a postnatal depression just because physical impact occurs. During pregnancy and as a new parent, it is common to feel a bit low, and to suffer from anxiety and fatigue, and it doesn't need to indicate a depression. Baby blues is common during pregnancy and 2-3 days after childbirth and can last for up to 2 weeks without being abnormal. If these feelings continue after 2 weeks you may have developed a postnatal depression.

Common symptoms that are not postnatal depression

It is common for the body to struggle a bit to balance your hormones after birth when there's a dip in both oestrogen and progesterone.

Do you feel that you are incredibly tired all the time, don't feel rested after you sleep or feel that you could sleep for at least another 12h when you wake up? If you still have fatigue and continue to gain weight after giving birth it may be your thyroid struggling to regain balance. Fatigue can also be an iron deficiency or lack of other nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Below is a list of symptoms that may come more cyclically after your period has returned.  It's not a sign of postnatal depression, but an imbalance in your sex hormones. You can easily follow it yourself using apps or simply write down how you feel in relation to where you are in your cycle.

If you have the following symptoms more than 2 weeks after delivery, you may have developed a postnatal depression

Thinking of hurting yourself or the baby, Feeling low, Feeling guilty, Panic, No energy to care for your child, No energy, Hard to concentrate, Anxiety, Weight gain or loss, No energy to meet family or friends, Unhappy, Things you used to enjoy are no longer fun, Feeling worthless, Eating all the time, Trouble sleeping, Fatigue, Feelings of hopelessness, Trouble eating, No energy to care for your hygiene, Don't feel attached to the baby

These conditions may be caused by nutritional deficiencies at different levels that may have existed before pregnancy, occurred during pregnancy or that appear when the body switches from giving priority to the child for 9 months back to balancing the mother.

I can support you naturally with diet, lifestyle and supplements based on your individual circumstances.

With postnatal depression, we use the Whole Mama protocol, based on an overall picture and working on an individual level based on diet, lifestyle and supplements, as well as, if necessary, Mercier Therapy for hormone optimization or, for example, C-section recovery.

We work closely together with Swedish OB/gyn, midwives, endocrinologists and GP’s. If needed we may refer to them for examinations and regular lab-work. We also have close connections with CBT therapists, medicinal yoga instructors and doulas. Our network of international ND’s, MD’s and physiotherapists is also a great resource.