Post-partum depression is a common event among women. About 20% would fall into this condition after delivery posing risks also for infant development. One of the reasons for this weakness is depletion in essential nutrients during gestation.
Among these, omega 3 DHA and EPA are used in high amounts for the development of the fetus and for brain growth. As a consequence, their level in the mother’s body declines in the second trimester until is depleted at the end of pregnancy and remains low for the following 6 months. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for proper functioning of the brain and neurotransmitters, and their deficiency is often associated with depression.
Other nutrients that get heavily used by the developing brain are the vitamins of the B complex. Pregnant women use 3 times more vitamin B12 and B9 that non pregnant women. Even these vitamins, as well as the intermediate product SAMe, are essential for preventing depression since they are normally used in synthesis of neurotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine.
Safely reducing perinatal and postpartum depression incidence by enhancing the intake of these nutrients may lead to better birth outcomes and a reduction in the depression cycle in children.
Following a natural path of pregnancy is a nice intention but one needs always to be aware of such changed needs during pregnancy and respond by enhancing intake of nutrients or their sources.
Sources of vitamin B9-B12: fish, eggs, brown rice, brewer’s yeast, leafy green vegetables, sea algae, organic livers, legumes
Sources of omega 3: cold water fish, walnuts, flax seeds
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