Your body has an increased need for nutrients during lactation. Eating well-balanced nutritional meals along with continuing to take your prenatal multivitamin after delivery ensures that you get enough of the essential nutrients you need. This affects the nutritional content of your breast milk and supports the health of both you and your baby.
For some nutrients (such as some B vitamins, iodine, and selenium), the nutritional content of your breast milk is more directly affected by your daily intake. For other nutrients (such as folate, calcium, iron, and zinc), the levels in your breast milk remain at relatively high levels even when your intake or body reserves are low—causing deficiencies in the mother before her infant.
Studies have estimated that up to 30% of pregnant women can suffer from a deficiency of at least one vitamin, and that without supplementation that number would be about 75%!
Ensuring you get enough vitamins, minerals, and nutrients also affects your own postpartum health. Studies link low levels of nutrients with increased postpartum mood issues. Research suggests that multivitamin/mineral supplementation can help maintain healthy mood and mental health in postpartum women.
The American Pregnancy Association recommends Prenatal Oxylent® as our choice of prenatal daily multivitamin. Women love it because it is a refreshing drink that replaces pills or tablets—adding the single-serving packets of Prenatal Oxylent to water creates a great-tasting sparkling drink that delivers your daily prenatal vitamin with every sip. This also makes it easier to absorb the essential nutrients your body needs during this crucial time.
Another big advantage of Prenatal Oxylent is its use of Albion Ferrochel® as its source of iron. Iron is a crucial nutrient that many pregnant and postpartum women are low or deficient in, but many women experience unpleasant gastrointestinal side effects (including constipation and nausea) from typical iron supplements. Ferrochel is a superior form of iron that is safe, effective, and does not cause such gastrointestinal upset. Try Prenatal Oxylent today—visit Oxylent.com for more information.