When I was in grade six my best friend Nadia and I were obsessed with getting our periods. We’d clutch our abdomens, groaning about having “cramps” – I did not have cramps – convinced that our monthlies were about to arrive at any minute. As a naïve 11 year old, I had no idea what I was wishing for.
Pretty much every pregnancy or birth preparation book that I’ve read has ended on the day the baby arrives in the world, with little to no mention of how to care for you in the days, weeks and months following the birth of your baby. Both pregnancy and delivery are major physical events that take a toll on your body, and can be compounded by the physical, mental and emotional stress of caring for a new baby. While nutrition might feel like the last thing on your mind your body needs nutrients now more than ever.