Finding emotional and psychological support
are now some good quality supplements derived from algae. Also, the body can convert another omega-3 fat known as EPA, found in plants such as flaxseeds and walnuts, into DHA (although its efficiency at doing this seems highly individual). The focus for the depleted mum needs to be on easy, practical meals made from whole, real foods that are nutrient-dense.
Seeking support is also critical. If you feel as though you may be experiencing postnatal depletion, let a friend know and seek professional advice – from a psychologist for example. Help is always available.
Restorative practices that activate the calm “part” of the nervous system (the PNS) are also a critical part of recovery from
Although previous generations may not have outwardly discussed a mother’s direction and purpose, it can be invaluable to have the support of a wise friend, psychologist, life coach or mentor. Creating a life that includes personal growth may be more important to some women than others. Identifying what matters is key, as there can be an avalanche of guilt that makes depletion worse. The person providing support may also be equipped to offer advice on family dynamics, relationships, in-laws... whatever the challenges the mother faces. When relationships break down it may not only mean added stress for a new mother, it may also mean her support system is no longer available.