Postpartum Breastfeeding and The Vitamins You Need for Support
Hey mamas, let me tell you a story.
A couple months ago, Josh and I took a big leap and moved our family across the country from VA to WA. This was August. In March, just a few months earlier, Evy was born. So by the time we moved, I was still considered postpartum and breastfeeding was in full swing. Josh and I drove the entire way across and it took about 4 days. During that time I had remembered to pack my prenatal vitamins, but did I remember to take them? Nope. Not one day.
“No biggie,” I thought. I felt fine and at the time Ev was with our parents eating the milk I had stored up and frozen until the big move. When we met up with our babies in WA, I had still forgotten to take my prenatal vitamins for probably over a week!
Then it started happening.
Whenever I would lay down to feed Ev (our preferred breastfeeding position), I got up and immediately felt extremely sore on the side I had laid. Once, I fell asleep on my side with my opposite arm up over my head. That shoulder was sore for several days afterward. I could tell the problem was emanating from my joints but I had no idea why!! If I cracked my knuckles (yes, yes, I’m a knuckle cracker), they were immediately sore for 2 or 3 days. So weird, right? I felt like I was dying and it was so hard to pick up my kids and hold them during that time because my arms would feel sore afterward!
After this had been going on for a week or two, Josh and I were finally unpacking some things and I found my prenatal vitamins.
It was right then that I had an “OF COURSE!” moment. I knew exactly what was wrong.
A couple months ago on the Viactiv website, I read that pregnant and breastfeeding women are very often calcium deficient due to the fact that a large portion of the calcium their body creates goes to the development of the baby. Not only that, but many prenatal vitamins only provide about 20-30% of the calcium that pregnant and breastfeeding need.
I immediately started taking my prenatal vitamins again along with Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews. I realized just how important it is to supplement my calcium. You see, one Viactiv Calcium Soft Chew contains 500mg of calcium, so taken twice daily I’m now getting my recommended 1000mg of calcium each day, along with vitamins D and K to help with calcium absorption. Plus I get to have my daily caramel fix since #Viactiv soft chews come in both milk chocolate and caramel flavors.
Have a weird postpartum story of your own? Share it in the comments below!
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