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Did you know Plentiful Kitchen offers guidance on postpartum nutrition for San Francisco mothers? Whether you are a new mother or expecting, Plentiful Kitchen works to ensure optimal health for mother and child.
On the physical level, the process of growing a baby is, biologically-speaking, nutritionally challenging. While the baby is growing in the womb, the mother’s micro- and macronutrient reserves are quickly depleted. It can take months or even years until mothers feel like they have actually recovered. While the detrimental effects of nutrient depletion are well known, postpartum recovery often takes a backseat to other matters at hand. Ignoring postpartum nutrition can be detrimental to mother and child.
Plentiful Kitchen makes it easy. The Postpartum Recovery Service help new mothers by ensuring they receive essential nutrients that aid in the healing process while also providing optimal nourishment for their children.
The journey from pregnancy to parenthood is beautiful. It is also a time that requires a strong, nurturing support system to ensure optimal wellness for mother and baby.
Plentiful Kitchen’s meals are designed with the nutrition of the post-natal and nursing parent in mind. Our meals are loaded with fresh fruits and veggies, as well as responsibly sourced, organic proteins. Meals are prepared by private chef Inbal Fershtat and delivered directly to expecting and new mothers throughout the Bay Area.
According to national health studies, a majority of mothers-to-be are nutritionally depleted at to the time of conception and throughout their pregnancy. As important as it is to be properly nourished during pregnancy, this necessity increases exponentially in the postpartum phase. While in-utero, the baby sources everything it needs to develop from its mother via the placenta.
Towards the end of the third trimester, the mother is passing nearly 7 grams of fat a day to the growing baby. Through the placenta, the baby is also tapping into the mother’s trace nutrient reserves, which include iron, zinc, vitamins B12 and B9, iodine, selenium, as well as omega 3 fats like DHA. According to recent studies, there is growing evidence suggesting that low dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with postpartum depression.
Nutritional depletion in new mothers often presents itself in a range of symptoms, which can include:
• Memory loss
• Anti-social tendencies
• Reduced libido
• Compromised personal care
“After my own pregnancy, my biggest symptoms were fatigue, exhaustion, and memory loss. The most surprising thing about it all was how little attention this side of motherhood receives. It wasn’t discussed at the doctor’s office, I did not have conversations about it with my midwife nor did it come up with friends who were also mothers. I thought it was just me.
It wasn’t an immediate realization, it took me more than a year to figure out the connection with my pregnancy and inadequate recovery. When I put one and one together after a lot of conversations and research all I wanted to do was raise awareness and help mothers who might suffer from these same issues. I started working with women on their nutrition, lifestyle choices and I was finding many commonalities with the symptoms they faced.”