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Recommended Labs and Supplements for the Postpartum Period

Ensuring your health and well-being during the postpartum period is crucial. Postpartum recovery involves more than just rest; it requires a comprehensive approach to replenish your body's nutrients and monitor for any underlying health issues. Here's a guide to recommended lab work and supplements to support your recovery.


Reasons to Order Lab Work in the Postpartum Period: Certain symptoms and conditions may necessitate lab work to identify and address nutritional deficiencies or other health concerns. These include:

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Significant hair loss

  • Dizziness

  • Persistent constipation

  • Shortness of breath

  • Significant insomnia

  • Postpartum depression/anxiety

  • Anemia during pregnancy

  • Other conditions as per your provider's recommendations


Common Nutrients Deficient After Birth:

  • Iron: Deficiency can lead to fatigue, hair loss, headaches, and anxiety/depression. Blood loss during delivery often depletes iron stores.

  • Magnesium: Deficiency can cause fatigue, reduced appetite, muscle cramps, and nausea.

  • Vitamin D: Low levels can result in fatigue, hair loss, depression, anxiety, and poor wound healing.

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These are crucial for brain health and can help manage postpartum depression/anxiety.


Recommended Lab Work: Regular lab work can help monitor your health and ensure any deficiencies or imbalances are addressed. Consider discussing these tests with your healthcare provider:

  • Thyroid Panel: To check for thyroid function, as imbalances can affect mood and energy levels.

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC): To check for anemia and other conditions.

  • Vitamin D Levels: To ensure adequate levels for bone health and immune function.

  • Metabolic Panel: To assess overall metabolic function.

  • Iron and Ferritin Levels: To check for iron deficiency.

  • Vitamin B12 Levels: To ensure adequate levels for energy production.

  • Dutch Test: To evaluate hormonal balance.

  • Micronutrient Panel: To check for deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals.

  • Lipid Panel: To assess cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health.


Timeline for Testing:

  • 6 weeks after birth

  • 3 months after birth

  • 6 months after birth

  • 3-6 months after finishing breastfeeding


Recommended Supplements: Supplements can help replenish nutrient stores and support overall health during the postpartum period. Always consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new supplements.

  • Iron: Helps replenish iron stores and prevent anemia.

  • Calcium and Vitamin D: Essential for bone health, especially if breastfeeding.

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Important for brain development in newborns and maternal cognitive function and mood.

  • Folic Acid: Aids in tissue repair and recovery after childbirth.

  • Vitamin B12: Crucial for energy production and combating fatigue.

  • Probiotics: Restore the balance of good bacteria in the digestive system.

  • Magnesium: Helps with muscle relaxation and alleviates leg cramps.

  • Vitamin C: Supports immune function and recovery.

  • Multivitamin: Fills nutritional gaps and supports overall health.

  • Ashwagandha: An adaptogenic herb that helps the body adapt to stress and promotes overall well-being.

  • Vitamin E: Acts as an antioxidant, reducing inflammation and supporting recovery.

  • Aromatherapy: Using essential oils to manage stress, anxiety, and mood disorders.


By prioritizing your health and seeking the right support, you can enhance your postpartum recovery and well-being.

 

As a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Fertility Coach, and Postpartum/Lactation Coach, Constance has a multifaceted background that has been shaped by personal experiences and a deep understanding of the challenges that many women face.

 

Just like many of you, she walked the challenging path of infertility, and this journey was followed by a traumatic delivery and postpartum period. She knows firsthand the yearning for answers, the need for support, and the hunger for education that can often be lacking during these pivotal moments in a woman's life.

 

She is here to be the support you need to navigate this precious time in your life. Her mission is to empower, educate, and support you as you navigate the challenges and joys of this unique journey.


Book a free Postpartum Evaluation call with Constance today!

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