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  • Writer's pictureJenna Seward

Postpartum depletion

In this blog post I will cover;

Understanding Postpartum Depletion

Identifying signs of postpartum depletion and what steps you can take to restore equilibrium in the body post birth.

Did you know it can take up to a decade to replenish nutrient levels post-pregnancy?

Pregnancy and childbirth showcase the remarkable capabilities of the female body. However, these profound stages often demand significant sacrifices from mothers.

Throughout pregnancy, many women contend with challenges like food aversion, sickness, fatigue, and other symptoms that hinder proper nutrition intake essential for supporting both pregnancy and birth, potentially leading to nutrient depletion. It's crucial to acknowledge that the body prioritises the baby's health, sometimes at the expense of the mother's well-being. Therefore if you have struggled to eat well during your pregnacy, please do not feel bad or worry about this, your baby will still be perfect and healthly, it's you that will need the exra support.


Changes in sleep patterns, hormones, digestion, stress levels, activity levels, and shifts in roles and relationships all influence the time it takes for a mother to reclaim her pre-pregnancy state.

During pregnancy, the body utilises vital nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamins B9, B6, B12, iodine, selenium, and DHA to facilitate the baby's growth, development, and hormonal balance.

While factors like sleep deprivation, stress, and fatigue are often attributed to postpartum symptoms, nutrient depletion can exacerbate these issues.

Signs of Nutrient Depletion:

  • Brain fog

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia or non-restful sleep

  • Hair loss or thinning

  • Skin issues

  • Anxiety or low mood

  • Decreased libido

  • Weak immune system

  • Brittle nails

  • Irregular periods

In contrast to many parts of the world, the Western culture often lacks connection with ancestral practices. Parents in the Western world often find themselves raising babies in isolation, without the traditional "village" support system, while feeling pressured to handle motherhood single-handedly alongside other societal expectations.


“We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant too”. Brene Brown.


Today many women, particularly in Western societies, are frequently deprived of the time and support needed for post-pregnancy recovery. Consequently, many find themselves running on empty for an extended period, with some taking up to a decade for their bodies to fully recover from pregnancy. This prolonged state of depletion can significantly affect various aspects of life, including mood, hormonal balance, PMS, digestion, skin health, cognitive function, sleep quality, weight management, and overall well-being.

Making significant changes to your nutrition and lifestyle can greatly impact your postnatal recovery. If you're interested in receiving my three-step guide to overcoming postnatal depletion, simply click the link provided below.


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