Small Talk with Great Love | Ep 007 | Rebuilding + Healing Through Postpartum Nutrition with Danielle Shea Tan

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Question No.1 -- When it comes to postpartum nutrition, what do you find is the biggest obstacle?

  • Getting enough food and nutrients postpartum.
  • Babywearing was critical in freeing up hands for day-to-day tasks.
  • People talk a lot about a pregnancy diet, but the majority of increase in nutrients needed is postpartum.
  • You need more nutrients to rebuild and heal, especially if you’re breastfeeding and/or if you lost any blood during delivery.

Question No. 2 -- You talk a lot about “rebuilding” through nutrition, which makes so much sense because after giving birth our body has truly been through a battle. What advice can you share for mamas in the postpartum haze who are just trying to take it day by day?

  • Try to think about food as your medicine. If you needed to take medicine you wouldn’t skip a day. Reframe the way you think about food.
  • Make meals as simple as possible to help you feel good again.
    • Nut butter on whole grain toast, apples or bananas
    • Avocado with salt and olive oil.
  • Avoid foods that make you feel even more fatigued.
    • Try to incorporate more slow-cooked grains vs. refined grains to help with energy and milk production.
  • Buy pre-cut produce when you can, it makes life so much easier.

Question No. 3 -- What are some signs that mamas might not realize are actually symptoms of inadequate nutrition postpartum?

  • Milk supply issues
  • Digestive issues
  • Moodiness and fatigue
  • Inability to fall asleep and stay asleep
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Postpartum Thyroid Dysfunction
  • Skin manifestations (acne, eczema, etc.)

Question No. 4 -- What can a mama expect when working 1:1 with you? Are there any other services or products you offer that our audience can benefit from??

  • Working together to address the root cause of any ongoing issues.
  • Looking at blood work
  • Modifications or additions to diet
  • Modifications to lifestyle – sleep, stress, relationships, exercise, etc.