Almost everybody is familiar with prenatal vitamins. It's hard to miss the aisles of them that line most every pharmacy. But it's important to remember that your need to maintain excellent health doesn't disappear the minute you give birth. In fact, the things that happen to your body if you don't take vitamins after giving birth can get pretty alarming. Maintaining your health may be more important than ever now.
Of course, it's always best to get your vitamins straight from your food. But in the whirlwind of those newborn care days, you're sometimes lucky if you have time to pee, let alone enjoy three nutrient-filled meals a day. That said, self-care is still vital during this phase of life, and that goes for your dietary needs as well. Basically, you'll need a ready stock of basic vitamins, minerals, and other healthy foodstuffs to make sure you have the energy and strength to care for a newborn. What's more, you also want to make sure your body is ready and able to recover from the intense experience of childbirth. Continuing to enjoy a varied, healthy diet (as much as possible), and taking supplements when necessary, can help make sure everyone in your family is in tip-top shape.
Yes, it's annoying to add yet another item to your postpartum to-do list. But if you skip your vitamins post-delivery, here are a few things that can happen.