Postpartum Recovery & Nutrient Repletion
The miracle of growing and birthing a human being is arguably the most “nutritionally expensive” task in a woman’s lifetime. With so much attention placed on prenatal nutrition, there’s surprisingly little discussion of postpartum nutrient needs.
Nutrients are preferentially transferred to the baby throughout pregnancy and continue at a rapid pace in mothers who breastfeed. Even in mothers who do not breastfeed, ample nutrients are needed for healing from childbirth (particularly if there are perineal tears or surgical wounds), to account for blood loss (from birth and lochia), to support uterine remodeling as it shrinks back to its prepregnancy size, and to support connective tissue and skin elasticity.
For those who plan to have more children—particularly if they desire closely spaced pregnancies—repleting nutrient stores is of vital importance to ensure optimal pregnancy outcomes.
This webinar will explore the rationale for postpartum nutrient repletion and tie together what we know from both modern research and the postpartum practices of traditional cultures.
In this webinar, you’ll learn:
- Physiology of postpartum recovery
- Nutrients and foods to emphasize to support recovery and replenish nutrient stores
- Postpartum practices from across the globe with special emphasis on the nutritional rationale of recommended foods
- Brief discussion of breastfeeding nutrition (this is the sole focus of a separate, in-depth webinar)
- Lab tests to assess nutritional status & supplements to consider
- Return to exercise/movement, including considerations for pelvic floor recovery
- Postpartum weight loss and body image
- Pregnancy spacing — considerations from research studies and traditional cultures
- Role of nutritional status on mental & emotional health
CEUs: This webinar is preapproved for 1.5 CEUs for registered dietitians via CDR.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition. Drawing from the current scientific literature and the wisdom of traditional cultures, her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and sensible.
She is the author of two bestselling books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes.
Her work has not only helped tens of thousands of women manage their gestational diabetes (most without the need for blood sugar-lowering medication), but has also influenced nutrition policies internationally. Lily’s clinical expertise and extensive background in prenatal nutrition have made her a highly sought after consultant and speaker in the field.