Nutrients are required during pregnancy and postpartum to alleviate the risk of PPD.
- Vitamin D and B-vitamins – Vitamin D deficiency is linked to depression and anxiety after childbirth.
- Calcium – Calcium and vitamin D are crucial to protecting bone density of a lactating woman.
- Trace Minerals, such zinc, iron, and selenium - There is emerging evidence that nutritional deficiency and postpartum depression are linked.
- Omega-3 fatty-acids - When a mother's body is deprived of nutrients, it affects the quality of breast milk.