The most common nutritional deficiencies in mothers of young children include:
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
If you are experiencing chronic pain symptoms including headaches or migraines, muscular and joint aches and pains, period pain or fibromyalgia then there is a good chance that you are experiencing nutritional deficiencies. Magnesium, in particular, is important for muscular and neurotransmitter function. Magnesium is helpful for preventing and treating cramping and spasms and returning normal muscular and tissue function. Chronic inflammation also comes into play here which can not only cause pain but make symptoms worse. Important nutrients for reducing inflammation include Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are commonly deficient in mothers as well as other anti-inflammatory nutrients such as Vitamin A, C, E, and Zinc, otherwise known as our antioxidant nutrients.
If you are experiencing chronic pain and think it may be due to Post Natal Depletion then taking a holistic approach to healing can significantly help.
You want to not only be treating the symptoms but treating the root cause as well so it’s important that you seek a healthcare provider that practices functional medicine and can test to see which nutritional deficiencies are occurring and then supplement with high-quality products accordingly.
For pain management, ensuring that you are getting remedial treatment from a qualified practitioner that can help ease your pain with bodywork to relieve tension, promote lymphatic flow, increase blood circulation and reduce inflammation is also essential.
With a targetted approach to restoring your vitality, the combination of nutritional therapy and remedial therapy can help to heal chronic pain issues and get you back on track to recover from the effects of postnatal depletion.
For more information on postpartum recovery, you can download my free ‘Post Partum Healing’ toolkit here.
Kate Harrison, Naturopath & Post Partum Doula