Postpartum Nutrition (Guest Post by Julia Santerre)

The postpartum period is beautiful, emotional, overwhelming, and exhausting.  Your world revolves around this precious little person that you miraculously created and brought into this world, and everyone in the family is getting to know each other again.  As all of this is happening, don’t forget that you need to nourish yourself with healthy foods - your body put so many resources into growing and birthing a baby, and your physical and emotional health, as well as your quantity and quality of breast milk depend on your nutrition. 

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holistic postpartum care in the fourth trimester

The term essentially acknowledges that the first three months for a new baby are almost like an extension of the time in the womb. Human babies are born quite helpless due to a brain that is largely underdeveloped. (Within the first year, an infant’s brain size doubles.) The infant undergoes an immense transition from a confined environment that is dark and warm, with muffled sounds and constant nourishment and then enters a world where there is light, loud noises, lots of space, fluctuating temperatures and hunger. A baby relies on her caretaker for her every need (and those needs are many). Of course, babies need compassionate care and special attention during this critical period…and so do mothers

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