If you are a mom (or even know a mom), then you are familiar with feelings of exhaustion and 'fuzzy brain.' Both are common complaints among mothers. The Postnatal Depletion Cure came out in June of 2018, and I ordered it that same day. I was almost one year postpartum for the second time. I had had two kids in two years and was feeling absolutely run down. I had also been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis a few months before. The swollen, painful joints on top of the exhaustion just felt too much to handle. I remember one day I was walking to take some trash outside and with each step I took I was thinking to myself 'I don't know if I can make it.' Not exaggerating, not being dramatic, I just honestly felt like I was too tired to get there. I called my rheumatologist that day to have new panels run and got a recommendation for a functional medicine doctor. I read The Postnatal Depletion Cure so I could familiarize myself with the tests and vitamins I needed to be looking for and to feel empowered when having conversations with my doctors.
So, my thoughts on this book. In short its a must read for every mother, anyone who is pregnant, or anyone who is even thinking of getting pregnant some day.
Here is everything you need to know about the book.
It explains what postnatal depletion is in detail as well as symptoms you might experience both physically and emotionally. Spoiler - you may have several of them and can suffer from postnatal depletion after having a child even years later.
There is an entire section on replenishing yourself - hormonally, nutritionally, sleep and energy wise. These sections are really helpful and information-packed. Dr. Serrallach not only breaks down what nutrients/vitamins are needed but WHY. If you are anything like me, you will appreciate the detail. I prefer knowing the how and why of things.
The final section covers suggestions for mental well being and just motherhood in general. This section is helpful for not only you but for signs to look for in other mothers you know. It covers various mental health issues and some of their symptoms.
Throughout the book, Dr. Serrallach gives recommendations for specific tests that need to be run to diagnose certain deficiencies. This is great information to have so that when you are working with your doctor, you can feel educated and empowered to work together on getting you back to where you need to be.
Overall this book is jam-packed with a lot of educational information as well as personal anecdotes that I know most of us can relate to. There are numerous stories of mothers who are feeling completely exhausted and not their best selves and how treating their specific symptoms can help to restore them to a more fulfilled life.
Lastly, while I think this book is an excellent resource for information, it is essential that you work with trained professionals and doctors before making any decisions on treatment for yourself. I have read a few criticisms of this book where women expressed issues or concern over finding a doctor to run certain types of panels for diagnoses. I think that's completely valid. I personally believe in getting treatment from doctors that I trust and can have honest conversations with. If I'm not happy with the type of care I'm getting I will crowdsource recommendations from other people in my life and seek out other doctors/professionals until I find a better fit, which is how I found the functional medicine doctor that I use now. Two factors that might limit us individually are money and insurance. I wish this weren't the case, but sadly it is. Many functional medicine offices are not covered by insurance meaning you will pay out of pocket, which may not be an option for you. I think regardless of whether you are in a position to make an appointment for testing right now or are not yet in a place where you need to, this book is a resource you want.
If you've read the book before I would love to know your thoughts! Here are a couple of links to interviews with Dr. Serrallach on Goop. This one is about his story and the how the book came to be. This one is a more detailed interview about postnatal depletion in general. Image via Goop.