We know, it’s been a lot. So much magic. So much love. So much pee. So much discomfort. So much stress. So much, so much, so much. Right?!
Listen mama, whatever you’re feeling is a totally normal part of the journey. Perinatal anxiety or even depression is not something that’s talked about often. We focus so much on the blues post babe that we forget it’s easy to feel down while still carrying the little one.
Fortunately as we start springing forward, there’s a sunny little miracle cure to help combat the preggo blues. Vitamin D is an easy supplement proven to reduce the effects of depression during pregnancy and in the months after childbirth. While perinatal depression (PD) is one of the most common pregnancy complications (It affects 1 in every 7 mamas!) taking an excess of “the D” can greatly reduce your risk. You can get Vitamin D in a variety of ways. The sun gives off the most, so remember to get outside as the weather warms up. Even just a 20 minute stroll on your lunch break can help (with sunscreen, obvs). And remember to feast on those egg yolks, as well as fish and fortified grain products for an added D boost. New research also suggests that women who take high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy have a reduced risk of complications, including gestational diabetes, preterm birth and infection.
While most prenatal vitamins offer about 400 IU of vitamin D, top researchers recommend that pregnant and postnatal women supplement at a level ranging between 2,000 and 4,000 IU per day. Of course, always check in with your medical provider on the best dosage for you. Just remember. It is okay to feel a little funky right now. Take a breath and step into the sun. You GOT THIS.