7-STEP RE­COV­ERY PLAN

Living and Loving - - FAMILY INSPIRATION -

Dr Ser­ral­lach says re­cov­ery from this syn­drome would in­clude nu­tri­tional and phys­i­o­log­i­cal as­pects, as well as en­sur­ing that moth­ers have ad­e­quate, on­go­ing sup­port – both prac­ti­cal and emo­tional.

If you are feel­ing de­pleted, try the fol­low­ing:

● Eat as well as you can, both dur­ing and af­ter preg­nancy.

● Take a good qual­ity fish oil sup­ple­ment.

● In­crease your in­take of good fats and pro­teins such as bone broth, oily fish, nut but­ters or avo­cado.

● Eat plenty of nu­tri­ent­dense veg­eta­bles.

● Limit your in­take of pro­cessed foods.

● Get some ex­er­cise. It doesn’t have to be any­thing stren­u­ous.

● Try get­ting more sleep (this is eas­ier said than done if you still have small ba­bies, but try and find a way to en­sure you get a lit­tle more rest).

● Don’t be afraid to ask for help – whether it’s with the house­work, gro­ceries or tak­ing kids to school.

● If you’re feel­ing over­whelmed and aren’t cop­ing, speak to a pro­fes­sional about your feel­ings.

The Post­na­tal Depletion Cure by Dr Os­car Ser­ral­lach is avail­able on­line from takealot.com and at se­lected Ex­clu­sive Books stores.

Go to livin­gandlov­ing.co.za, click on Birth, then Gen­eral Ar­ti­cles to read more about the dif­fer­ence be­tween baby blues and post­na­tal de­pres­sion.

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