Although a balanced diet should contain most of the vitamins and minerals you’ll need to stay fit, healthy and strong after pregnancy, taking a supplement can help sometimes, especially when you are feeling a little tired and run-down looking after your little human!
We teamed up with lifestyle blogger and influencer, Shelley Jackson from ShelleyLoves.net, who has been researching and trying out vitamins and supplements for herself and her family, since becoming a mum.
Here are Shelley’s top three vitamin recommendations for mums…
“I did a serious amount of research into vitamins and supplements after my daughter, Daisy, was suffering with stomach aches and low energy. I knew that Vitamin D was crucial for our health, but I didn’t realise quite how incredible it was…
“According to my research, Vitamin D aids absorption of calcium, and is key for growing and maintaining strong bones, muscles and teeth. It is also vital for a healthy immune system and impacts upon our skin, blood pressure and even our moods.”
“Vitamin D is made on our skin, from sunshine, but as we are using more and more sunscreen (which is brilliant, of course), and getting less sun in the colder months, we are losing out on Vitamin D.”
“Since using an oral spray, we have all had more energy, we are sleeping better and it seems to have given our immune systems a much-needed boost!”
“According to the NHS, everyone – including pregnant and breastfeeding women – should take a daily supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D. For breastfeeding mums, babies are reliant on you to build up their vitamin D stores.”
“Another vitamin that my family have all been taking on a regular basis since I started my research is Vitamin B12. I actually looked into B12 after switching to a mainly plant-based diet, but – according to my reading – even if you do eat meat, eggs and dairy, you may still be missing out on the required daily amount.”
“Symptoms can be easily missed, especially when you are a new mum and can feel run down, but can include fatigue, lethargy, shortness of breath, pale skin, mouth ulcers, sensations of ‘pins and needles’, disturbed vision, impaired mental function and even depression.”
“Taking B12 on a regular basis can reduce stress and depression, help you to maintain a healthy digestive system, decrease fatigue and lethargy and helps your cell reproduction for skin, hair and nails.”
“Magnesium has been an absolute game-changer for myself and my family.”
“As a nation, our need for magnesium as a supplement has never been so great due to intensive farming and processed foods. Magnesium now represents the largest decline of all nutrients in vegetables, as they no longer get the same micro nutrients from the soil as they used to many years ago.”
“My own research has found that magnesium is responsible for 325 chemical reactions inside the body and promotes energy production, mental clarity, bone and muscle health. According to online sources, if we have the right amount of magnesium, our body will be more supple and will resist fatigue for longer. We will be stronger, more flexible and better able to resist both physical and emotional stress. Taking magnesium also ensures that our cells can repair and detox. It is pretty awesome!”
“I actually found a magnesium oil spray that is applied to the skin and absorbed that way. It is suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding mums, as well as kids and anyone following a vegan diet.”
“The biggest impact that using magnesium in this way has had on my family is sleep! It promotes quality sleep, and we have noticed a huge difference in how long we sleep for, with no wake ups. Of course, this isn’t always a possibility for new mums with feeding babies, but it’s good to know that the sleep you do get may be of better quality!”
If you have any concerns about taking supplements or vitamins, do check with your GP first, And always check if any supplement or vitamin is suitable for you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.