The peak incidence of depression in mothers occurs 4 to 5 years after giving birth. One largely controllable factor at play is nutrition in order to give the body what it needs to replete and support the huge role of motherhood.
We tend to think that nurturing ourselves with abundant nutrition is only necessary through the immediate months postpartum. But what if we replete ourselves at a very limited rate and never get our nutrient stores back whilst simultaneously failing to meet the increased demands motherhood puts on our bodies?
Reality is the postnatal period is so much longer than 6-12 months after our baby is born. And our health is like a piggy bank, the more we take out the more broke we become. The more we add in the more we will flourish.
Serrallach, O., (2018). The Postnatal Depletion Cure (1st ed.). Sydney, NSW: Hachette
Statistic from Woolhouse et al, British Medical Journal, 2014