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Want a Positive Postpartum? PLAN FOR IT!

If you're pregnant or planning to have a baby, you might be wondering how to have a positive postpartum experience. After all, you've probably heard stories of how challenging and exhausting the first few weeks and months after giving birth can be. You might be worried about postpartum depletion, depression, or feeling overwhelmed and isolated.

But what if we told you that you can have a positive postpartum, and that it starts with planning for it? That's right, you can prepare yourself for the physical, emotional, and mental changes that come with becoming a mother, and set yourself up for a smooth and joyful transition.

In this blog post, we're going to share with you some of the insights and advice from Dr Oscar Serralach, a functional doctor, postnatal specialist, and author of The Postnatal Depletion Cure. Dr Serralach has helped thousands of mothers recover from postnatal depletion and reclaim their health and vitality. He has also identified three main principles that can help you have a positive postpartum:

  • Restore your nutrient reserves
  • Rebalance your hormones
  • Rebuild your village

Let's take a closer look at each of these principles and how you can apply them to your own postpartum journey.

How to have a Positive Postpartum

1.Restore your nutrient reserves

One of the main causes of postnatal depletion is the loss of nutrients that occurs during pregnancy and breastfeeding. As Dr Serralach explains: "The placenta passes many nutrients to the growing baby during pregnancy, tapping into the mom’s iron, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin B9, iodine, and selenium stores—along with omega 3 fats like DHA and specific amino acids from proteins."¹

This means that after giving birth, many mothers are left with low levels of these essential nutrients, which can affect their energy, mood, immunity, brain function, and overall well-being. To restore your nutrient reserves, Dr Serralach recommends eating a nutrient-dense diet that includes plenty of protein, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fermented foods. He also suggests taking supplements such as prenatal vitamins, fish oil, probiotics, magnesium, and vitamin D to fill in any gaps.

 How to have a Positive Postpartum

2. Rebalance your hormones

Another major factor that contributes to postnatal depletion is the hormonal roller coaster that mothers go through during and after pregnancy. As Dr Serralach says: "A mom’s brain has been shown to shrink during pregnancy as it supports the growth of the baby and is socially re-engineered for parenthood."¹

This means that mothers experience changes in their levels of estrogen, progesterone, oxytocin, cortisol, thyroid hormones, and more. These changes can affect their mood, sleep quality, metabolism, stress response, and libido. To rebalance your hormones, Dr Serralach advises getting enough sleep (or at least rest), managing stress (or avoiding it altogether), practicing self-care (such as meditation or massage), and seeking professional help if needed (such as hormone testing or therapy).

How to have a Positive Postpartum
3. Rebuild your village

The third and perhaps most important principle for having a positive postpartum is to rebuild your village. As Dr Serralach points out: "There is plenty of prenatal support but as soon as a baby is born, the whole focus goes to the baby. There’s very little focus on the mother. The mother disappears into the shadows of her role."²

This means that many mothers feel lonely, isolated, and unsupported after giving birth. They may also feel pressure to do everything by themselves, and to bounce back quickly to their pre-pregnancy state. To rebuild your village, Dr Serralach suggests reaching out to your family, friends, neighbours, and community for help and support. He also encourages joining or creating a mother's group, finding a mentor or a coach, and hiring professionals such as a doula, a lactation consultant, or a cleaner.

How to have a Positive Postpartum
Having a positive postpartum is possible...

...and it starts with planning for it. By following the three main principles of Dr Oscar Serralach, you can restore your nutrient reserves, rebalance your hormones, and rebuild your village. These steps will help you feel more energized, happy, and confident as you embark on the amazing journey of motherhood.

If you want to learn more about postnatal depletion and how to cure it,
we highly recommend reading Dr Serralach's book, The Postnatal Depletion Cure. You can also visit his website, The MotherCare Project, for more resources and support.

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¹: Postnatal Depletion - Shake Brain Fog & Regain Energy | goop
²: The MotherCare Project with Dr Oscar Serrallach

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