You're probably taking a prenatal vitamin as insurance that you're meeting your increased needs during pregnancy-but what about after your baby is born? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that taking your prenatal vitamin post-pregnancy is also important. The study looked at iron levels in new moms. Those with low iron levels were twice as likely to show signs of post-partum depression (PPD).
BabyFit Tip: Moms-to-be need 33% more iron than non-pregnant women. That's about 27 mg of iron daily. But most pregnant women still don't meet their needs. Prenatal vitamins contain more iron to help meet this increased need. Researchers suggest taking your prenatal vitamin daily while pregnant, and then for a couple of months after delivery to lower your risk of PPD. If you still feel the blues after delivery, be sure to talk with your health care provider.