;Vitamin D is incredibly important for New Moms. It's disappointing to see how many new moms suffer through symptoms like:
- Not sleeping well
- Bone pain/ Achiness
- Depression/Sadness/Feelings of Gloom/Helplessness
- Hair loss
- Muscle Weakness
- Appetite loss/fluctuation
- Frequent illness
- Brain Fog
In fact, with 50% of women deficient in vitamin D, it's actually shocking that new moms aren't encouraged better to ensure their daily suggested intake is met.
New Moms Need Vitamin D
While caring for our body is certainly important during pregnancy, too often postpartum care is not kept up; or is overlooked when it comes to the health of Mom.
Most google searches linking new moms to Vitamin D will point mom in the direction, to ensure that baby is getting enough.
Yes, Vitamin D is vital to the babies health to provide immunity support, mood & brain health, bone growth/health, thyroid health, blood sugar metabolism- and it goes on! (It's also crucial to prevent rickets in babies which is disease that causes weakened bones).
While breastfeeding moms can transfer Vitamin D through breastmilk, with so many deficient already; this isn't enough- and Vitamin D drops are suggested for the infants.
But regardless if Mom is breastfeeding or formula feeding, Vitamin D is essential to her well being postpartum and beyond.
Can low Vitamin D Cause Anxiety?
Answer: Low Vitamin D levels are associated with an increase in symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Yes, I went straight to my psychiatrist for this one.
For this very reason, my very thorough doctor shared that a vitamin D screening should be performed to prevent and treat someone exhibiting these mood disorders before turning to prescription medication in the postpartum period and for women in general.
We know, new moms are more susceptible to feeling of anxiousness and depression already.
In fact many postpartum symptoms already taking place such as, weight gain, hair loss, and low mood; are worsened by inadequate Vitamin D intake.
Vitamin D Deficiency and Weight:
For postpartum moms looking to begin shedding the pregnancy lbs, ensuring Vitamin D intake is met is actually quite critical.
Vitamin D & Hair Growth:
Hair moves in cycles of growth and shedding. One thing that hits new moms pretty hard, is when that shedding stage is triggered for hair follicles all at once.
One big thing that Vitamin D does is regulate cell cycles. This is so important when it comes to hair growth. Vitamin D works by binding to Vitamin D receptors found in all sorts of cells in your body (immune, kidney, and yup, hair follicles).
If you are looking to ensure your hair regulates back to that growth stage, you want to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D.
When to take Vitamin D:
Because Vitamin D is fat soluble its best to take it with food. For best absorption take it with a meal (one with any healthy fat is even better- such as nuts, seeds, eggs, or avocado).
Choose a Vitamin D that you enjoy taking so that it becomes a part of your daily routine. We love the Baby Blues Vitamin D3 Brightside Gummies.
How Quickly will you feel the impact of adequate Vitamin D intake?
A few days is all it takes for those with the lowest levels of initial Vitamin D, to feel improvement after supplementing.
For those who are looking to top off their levels and keep them consistent, a few weeks should be all it takes to begin to feel healthier, brighter, and more energized.