We all know that pregnancy and giving birth takes a lot out of a new mother’s body. But is there something that we can do about it to make our bodies recover more quickly and effectively. The answer is exercise, good diet, and supplements. But seeing as you are a new mother, you can pretty much kiss a good diet and exercise goodbye, so that leaves you with supplements. But before you ever take any supplements, it is strongly recommended that you first see your doctor for advice to make sure the supplements are not doing damage to you or your baby.
Let’s face it, when we are a new mother sometimes it is really difficult to leave the house. Just when you think you are about to leave, something comes up like your baby’s diaper needs to be changed. This may mean that we might be lacking in vitamin D as we rarely make it out into the sunshine. Taking vitamin D supplements may help with this.
We get a lot of our vitamin B-12 from animal products. So for those new mothers who do not eat any animal products, we may be lacking in vitamin B-12. The good news is that we can continue not eating animal products if that is our preference and take vitamin B-12 supplements instead.
B Vitamins and Vitamin C
For those new mothers who may be struggling to supple enough breast mild, perhaps you are vitamin C and B vitamins deficient. Try upping your dosage to these as it may help increase the supply of breast milk. But this will only have an affect up to a certain point, if you keep taking more and more vitamins it will not keep increasing your breast milk. Something to keep in mind.
So there you have it. You may be lacking in certain vitamins when you are pregnant or just after giving birth. It is a good idea to get tested by your doctor to find out which vitamins you are lacking in and take the recommended dosages for you.
First of all, what are stretch marks and how are they caused? Well basically stretch marks are caused when your skin tries to stretch more than its elasticity capacity causing the middle layer of the skin to tare. So why does your body try to expand at such a fast rate? Well there are a number of reasons such as kids going through puberty, they grow at a very fast rate and can sometime cause damage to the skin. Other causes are fast weight gain from a bad diet, building muscle, and another very common cause is pregnancy. Woman are also more susceptible to stretch marks then men.
So can supplements help reduce stretch marks or even prevent them in the first place?
Yes. But let me first start of by saying, if you are pregnant, it is always best to get your doctor’s advice before taking any supplements or using any creams for stretch marks as they may cause damage to your unborn child. It’s not worth the risk without first getting the approval from your doctor.
Vitamin A does great things for our skin and keeps it soft and stretchy. It can also be used to help prevent stretch marks in the first place or help combat stretch marks already in place. It can be ingested or used as a cream.
Vitamin C also has great properties to help heal skin. Not generally used as a preventative measure, vitamin C is great for helping the skin repair itself and improves the general health of your skin.
So you may be thinking by now, ‘pretty much every vitamin letter will help’. But no, this is the last one that we know of. Taking vitamin E orally can actually greatly decrease the chance of your skin stretching in the first place. And it is a great vitamin for those who are also looking to remove the visibility of their current stretch marks.
Zinc is also a great way to help prevent stretch marks. Zinc contains collagen which is great for repairing skin and helping it keep very healthy.
Never take more than the recommended dosage of vitamins. If you are unsure of how many vitamins to take or which ones to mix, it is best to see your doctor. Same goes if you are pregnant, always see your doctor for advice. Better safe than sorry.