Do you find yourself reaching for cup after cup of coffee, feeling exhausted all day long, and/or leaning on sweets to get you through the day? You may wonder if this is just your new state of normal or a rite of passage to go through as a new parent.
While a lack of sleep due to a new little one can definitely be a cause of fatigue, often there is more going on.
- One of the first things I ask clients to do after they start working with me is to get some blood work done. Specifically I like to look at common postpartum nutrient deficiencies like vitamin B12, iron and vitamin D. These levels are often left depleted after pregnancy and go down further as moms go through the postpartum period, especially if they are breastfeeding.
- Another issue that can affect energy is your hormonal health. Always have your healthcare provider check your thyroid levels after having a baby and make sure they are looking at optimal levels of the hormone and not outdated reference ranges (especially if you present with symptoms like fatigue, weight gain and anxiety).
- Food intolerances are another factor that can cause energy levels to plummet. They are becoming increasingly common and can spring up at any time. One day dairy and you are BFFs, the next day not so much. Finding your food triggers can be challenging though. Have you ever heard of an elimination diet? Done incorrectly this diet can be super impractical (do I really have to live off raw vegetables and chicken breasts for three weeks?!) and possibly unsafe. Some signs of intolerance can include fatigue, bloating or skin issues.
If you're interested in learning more about these and other common causes of fatigue and want to learn simple lifestyle and nutritional changes that you can implement right away to increase your energy, then sign up for my free webinar where we can dive deep, get to the root cause of your energy issues, give you resources, tips and tools you can use right away and support you as you transform (physically, mentally and emotionally).