Prenatal or Postnatal Vitamins? | Best Vitamins for the Fourth Trimester, Breastfeeding and Motherhood

Looking for support in the fourth trimester? Aren't we all, ladies? Postnatal vitamins are designed specifically to support you through this momentous life change. Your prenatal vitamins just won't cut it, and here's why...

If you're a new mum, you may be thinking about taking some sort of vitamins to support your energy levels and recovery, and if you're not, you're probably too tired to think about vitamins. Hello fatigue-induced brain fog!

The way we care for our bodies during the fourth trimester can affect our health for future pregnancies and the rest of our lives. Adequately nourishing your body during this special (but bloody exhausting) time, will make a notable difference to your mental and physical wellbeing. 

Are prenatal and postnatal vitamins the same?

In a word: no.

You may have been told to keep taking your prenatal vitamins, but these supplements are designed to support the healthy growth of your baby. Yes, they contain valuable nutrients, but they aren't tailored to your recovery or your needs as a new mum. 

Of course, your baby's health will be your number one priority, so it figures that you'd take a supplement designed to support them while pregnant. But once you've given birth, your body really needs care and attention again, especially if you're breastfeeding or planning on being pregnant again in the near future. These life changes take so much out of our bodies, and we don't have a limitless energy reserve to keep ourselves strong during these times of rapid change.

Why is postnatal health so important?

Firstly, it's likely that you're experiencing momentous changes to your daily life right now, from relentless sleep deprivation to 4 daily loads of laundry that make you question the purpose of life. Besides that, your body is going through so much.

Blood loss during labour and delivery

During vaginal births, most women lose around 500ml of blood, and 1000ml of blood during c-section births. Your body needs to work on overdrive to replenish this store. New mums are at risk of iron deficiencies which can make you feel dizzy and short of breath.

Oxytocin spikes after birth

During birth, your oxytocin levels spike to help you deliver your baby and bond with them when they arrive. While this is helpful, it can also make you hyper alert to any potential dangers to your baby, which can cause increased anxiety. 

Hormone changes 

Your body’s been surging in estrogen and progesterone throughout pregnancy, to support the growth of your baby - that’s also why you’ve experienced #hairgoals and that renowned pregnancy glow. After giving birth, these hormones drop dramatically, which can lead to the ‘baby blues’ or longer-lasting postpartum depression. Promoting healthy hormone balance is key to feeling as happy and resilient as possible.

Physiological changes

Feel like you’ve entered a whole new body? You’re not alone. After giving birth, your uterus will be contracting back to its usual size, you’ll feel your perineum like you’ve never felt it before and you may notice cramping, swelling and tension in areas you didn’t know existed. 

Interruption of normal sleep cycles

You’re probably up all hours of the night. 3am TV is in dire need of an overhaul isn’t it? Your body will be crying out for B-vitamins to support your energy levels during waking hours.

What do postnatal vitamins do?

Postnatal supplements are nutritionally formulated to support everything your body needs during new motherhood. 

NESSA has just launched The Motherhood Capsule with registered UK nutritionist, Shona Wilkinson. This daily dose of multivitamins and minerals is designed specifically to build you up in areas you'll likely be depleted in after giving birth. The Motherhood Capsule offers support with:

  • Energy Levels
  • Immunity
  • Fatigue Reduction
  • Inflammation
  • Breastfeeding
  • Overall Nutrition & Health

The Science behind The Motherhood Capsule

Longvida Optimized Curcumin®: Anti-inflammatory with a high bioavailability, curcumin extract improves neurocognitive function and mood in healthy adults.

B-Vitamin Blend, (Nicotinamide): Niacin contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Supports energy* and the regulation of hormonal activity* Niacin contributes to the maintenance of normal healthy skin. 

Vitamin C + Iron: Supports immunity* and energy*. 

Vitamin C & Biotin: Contributes to normal collagen formation of the skin and hair.

Iron: Helps energy yielding and fatigue reduction after pregnancy. We use a gentle form that is less constipating.

Methyl-folate: A natural, healthier form of folic acid. Folate is needed for the process of cell division and for the formation of normal blood - essential for that post-birth rebuild.

Vitamin D3: Vital for everyone, but especially new mothers. Vitamin D3 supports immunity*, mental health and gut microbiome. 

Zinc: With superior absorption and no adverse side effects. Supports fertility*, immunity* and energy* and immunity*

Iodine: Supports healthy thyroid and hormones.

What other mothers are saying about The Motherhood Capsule

A noticeable difference to my mood, energy and I also feel my skin is healing better as a result of taking this” - NESSA Warrior

“I’ve noticed a huge difference in my energy, and finally my nails are growing again!” - NESSA Warrior

You’ve got this, lady

Motherhood is the best job in the world, but in our humble opinions, it’s also the most relentless, demanding role you’ll have. The Motherhood Capsule is ultimately there to help you feel your best, so you can power through every new challenge that comes your way. You’ve got this, and we’ve got you.

Shop The Motherhood Capsule here.

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