4th Trimester Plan
Be prepared for your 4th Trimester with this comprehensive plan.
During pregnancy, our bodies build babies. The foods you eat are the only way both you and your baby get the nutrients needed. The postnatal period is a time of recovery and healing and to support the transformational journey of pregnancy to motherhood.
Once your new arrival is here, all the focus is on the baby… and the “birth of the mother” herself gets pushed into the background. You’re getting to know your baby - their cries, their patterns, learning how to breastfeed, while adjusting to the hormonal, physical and mental changes that are happening within you.
It’s common for many new mums to have depleted levels of key nutrients. This includes many essential micronutrients such as zinc, vitamin D, iron, magnesium, B12 that are all needed for your body to feel great. This depletion can lead to poor immune function and subsequent issues such as mastitis and poor gut health. It can be a trigger for autoimmune disease and can also be a vicious downward spiral towards postnatal depression.
You’re tired, you might snack on biscuits and toast to get you through the day and the hypervigilance and lack of sleep is starting to wear you down. Your child health nurse or GP may tell you "this is normal, you're a new mum!", but what is "normal" and what is "common" are not the same thing. It’s common and so many new mums are also walking around like zombies, trying their best to keep up appearances because they think they have to….but it's not normal for this to continue.
While the postnatal period technically lasts for 6 months after your baby is born, it’s not uncommon for mums to really start noticing that they don’t feel like they expected to at around 6-12 months after your baby is born. You might be experiencing;
Low energy levels and fatigue, memory loss, poor concentration, moodiness, weepiness, difficulties losing pregnancy weight, poor gut health, being susceptible to colds and infections, feeling run-down, irritability, brain fog or “baby brain”, insomnia and/or non-restful sleep, loss of skin elasticity, skin dryness, softer nails, thinning hair, feeling overwhelmed, painful periods, PMS, unreasonable guilt and decreased libido.
A lot of these symptoms might seem “normal” to experience after giving birth, and there is an adjustment period for sure, but when these signs and symptoms don't improve, or they get worse, then it’s time to get some help.
Book in for a Postnatal Assessment for guidance on;
- Recovery & healing
- Gut health
- Breastfeeding (including food intolerances)
- Hormone imbalances
- Postnatal depletion & how to replenish your nutrient stores
- Practical ways to nourish your body with simple, easy to eat with one hand trapped under a sleeping baby meals & snacks!