Prenatal vs. Postnatal: What’s the Difference?

If you're planning for baby's arrival or into your postpartum, you'll likely continue taking your prenatal vitamin. Now, there’s a better option that is suited to the unique needs of a postpartum mama. (You guessed it! We’re talking about our new Postnatal Vitamin!)

Prenatal vitamins are necessary for growing a baby—in fact, doctors advise on taking them even before trying to conceive (more on that here). During pregnancy, your baby also takes precedence. The vitamins and nutrients in a prenatal are designed to focus on developmental needs of your baby. In turn, your body also prioritized baby will take from you to give your little one what they need. 

With baby as the priority, it's easy to see how depletion in the mother can happen, especially when pregnancies are close together and/or you are breastfeeding - as neither allow your body to replenish its stores. 

Enter, the Postnatal Vitamin. It’s designed specifically to focus on your needs in the 4th trimester and beyond. Those needs are very unique. 

Why trade your Prenatal for Postnatal?

First, lets talk about postnatal depletion. After birth, there are a constellation of changes that happen in your transformation to motherhood. The physical act of delivery takes a toll (after all, that’s why it’s called labor!), there are the physiological changes to your body (if you didn't know what a perineum is, bet you do now), hormonal changes, interruption of the circadian day/night rhythm of your sleep cycle, an ideal of self-sufficiency, the needs of daily life (i.e.: laundry), an often-hurried diet; layered with the psychological, mental, and emotional components of taking care of a newborn. 

Dr Oscar Serrallach, author of the Postnatal Deletion Cure,  describes this time: 

"Think of your body as a plastic bag full of water. The more water in the bag, the better you feel and the better you are able to cope. Each day of pregnancy, the birth, each sleepless night, each long day of breastfeeding, is like putting tiny pinpricks in the plastic bag. You can repair these holes, but it takes a little time. When there are only a few sticks of the pin, only a very small amount of water escapes the bag. The trouble, though, is when the holes start to come more quickly than you can repair them. Such is the body after childbirth; when there are too many stressors and not enough time to recover, your levels quickly become depleted. 

We created the Postnatal Vitamin to help women replenish vital nutrients that were naturally depleted throughout pregnancy and birth, and also support them with some specific areas of concern during the 4th and 5th trimester.

Postnatal challenge #1: Baby brain

How Postnatal can help: PPQ (pyrroloquinoline quinone) helps promote alertness, concentration, and memory. If you’re struggling with brain fog or forgetfulness, this one’s for you. (And we hope you find your phone.)

Postnatal challenge #2: Postpartum depression, anxiety, or mood changes

How Postnatal can help: Saffserene is clinically proven to give your mood a natural boost. If you suspect that you may be suffering from postpartum depression, don’t just ignore it. Pushing through could mean suffering when you don’t have to. You deserve to be cared for and supported just as much as your baby.

Postnatal challenge #3: Nutrient depletion & Breastfeeding

How Postnatal can help: Postnatal contains higher amounts of A, C, D, K, thiamin, niacin, K1, Calcium, Magnesium, and B Vitamins to replenish your body and ensure your breast milk is fortified with everything baby needs while ensuring that you aren’t further depleted through breastfeeding. Note: it does not increase milk production. We have a separate supplement for that: Lactation Support (not everyone breastfeeds, so we wanted to be mindful of that while formulating our Postnatal).

Postnatal challenge #4: Increased energy demands

How Postnatal can help: The higher doses of B vitamins help to give you a natural boost of energy to get through your day. It’s a better game plan than caffeine, which can mess with your precious sleep later on. 

Recap!

  • If you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, opt for our Prenatal capsule. 
  • If you’ve given birth, Postnatal is best for your 4th and 5th trimester.

Want to get more tips on how to thrive during the 4th trimester? Check out our Definitive Guide to Doing Postpartum Better.

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