Are you suffering from postnatal depletion?
A few years ago, I came across an article titled '10 years of postnatal depletion'. It was an eye-opener and it made a lot of sense but I put it to the back of my mind and got on with my busy life as a working mum. Having spoken to many mums who feel completely shattered (and not just from sleep deprivation), this concept is highly relevant again.
It's also made me question why we don't talk about it more widely. It seems that society expects mums to always be tired and running on empty. An empathetic GP may run some blood tests, but there is often very little follow-up and suggested changes to what we eat, how we move and how we replenish our bodies after childbirth. So it's often down to us as mums to get curious and seek answers to questions, to not just accept that we should feel exhausted all the time. Why are we so tired then? Growing a baby is a big deal and it uses up an extraordinary amount of energy and nutrients. After going through pregnancy, birth and possibly breastfeeding, a mum's body is low on calcium, zinc and other vital nutrients and it can take a long time to restore it to optimal levels. Throw in another child or two and you may well be looking at 10 years of depletion. I mention this not to upset you but to empower you to seek answers if you want to feel better. Watch this space as I'll be co-hosting a workshop for mums on this topic in Sep 2021.