Postpartum Health and Nutrition with Lydia Simmons of MOO
The United States of America is one of the greatest countries in the world, yet we have a maternal mortality rate of almost double other first-world nations. Where is the disconnect? Why isn't there a focus on maternal health both pre- and post-partum? One woman used her own experience as a catalyst for change. When Lydia Simmons was unable to obtain the level of healthcare support she needed postpartum, she knew that everything starts with food and nutrition. So, she started MOO, Moms Official Objective, to address the devastating effects of nutritional deficiency on mothers in America. During today’s conversation, Lydia shares what her own postpartum journey was like, and we discuss why the six-week postpartum appointment offered by doctors is simply not enough. You’ll hear her thoughts on what it would take for the government to better support women, and we unpack what ‘maternal morbidity’ really means. Learn why it is so important to have a postpartum plan and who you should communicate it to, as well as which nutrients are most important for a postpartum period and why. Lydia shares the inside scoop of what her products can offer, and introduces us to her newest product, which she is very excited about. Join us to hear all this and more today!
Key Points From This Episode:
- An introduction to today’s guest, Lydia Simmons, and her business, MOO.
- What her own postpartum journey was like, including postpartum depression and issues with milk supply.
- Why the six-week postpartum appointment is not enough to catch what you need.
- What Lydia thinks it would take for the government to better support women: to ask them what they need.
- Why it is so important to consider the entire spectrum, rather than only extreme cases.
- A definition for maternal morbidity by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Why it is necessary to have a partner in the medical profession to advocate for you.
- How we emphasize having a birth plan but don't emphasize the postpartum plan.
- Why it is so important to have a postpartum plan and communicate it to other people.
- The role of nutrition in a successful postpartum period.
- The full spectrum of women that Lydia seeks to support.
- Which nutrients are the most important for a postpartum journey: iron and iodine.
- Why sodium is important to help your body maintain hydration.
- Her favorite product from the collection: the postnatal.
- Her newest product: a bag filled with herbal tea to balance the hormones.
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