- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B12
- Omega-3 DHA
- Vitamin K2
Some of these nutrients are consistent with most women’s nutritional needs whether they’re expecting, lactating, or not—just in slightly higher levels. Others are to help support nutritional demands associated with postpartum. Either way, a good postnatal multivitamin should help eliminate some of the guesswork around nutrition postpartum. You know…because new moms have plenty of other things to think about.*
Consider your macro needs, too.
Prenatal and postnatal vitamins are great options to support micronutrient (vitamin and mineral) needs for pregnancy and postpartum. But it's important to consider macronutrients (protein, carbs, fat) as well. Exhibit A: Women need more protein during pregnancy and lactation to help support the increased nutrient demands that occur during these life stages. In fact, the amount of protein deposited in maternal and fetal tissue increases over the course of pregnancy.* (1,2,3,4)
It's a big reason why we developed Essential Protein Pregnancy & Postpartum for this life stage specifically—and added choline for good measure.
When to switch back to a regular multivitamin
When women hit the six month mark after birth and are no longer lactating,a regular multivitamin, like Essential for Women, should help support nutrient needs. For those who are still breastfeeding, stick with a postnatal multivitamin. Pretty simple, right?*
And as always, check with your physician if you have any specific questions about supporting your nutrient needs during this important time. New moms—you got this.
- Elango R, Ball RO. Protein and Amino Acid Requirements during Pregnancy. Adv Nutr. 2016 Jul 15;7(4):839S-44S
- Hanson MA, et al. The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) recommendations on adolescent, preconception, and maternal nutrition: “Think Nutrition First” Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2015;131(Suppl 4):S213–53.
- National Academy of Medicine: Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients). 2005.
- World Health Organization (WHO). Protein and Amino Acid Requirements in Human Nutrition. Report of a Joint WHO/FAO/UNU Expert Consultation. WHO Technical Report Series No 935. 2007.