Hello and welcome! This is Mike DeLuca for Health Point Radio, the radio show that gives you the latest and greatest from the world of health. Today’s show is about a subject that’s not discussed or paid attention to anywhere near as much as it should be. And the ladies out there who are pregnant or just had a baby—or someone close to you who has—you are going to be very happy to hear what we have to say today. Even those mothers who still have symptoms that began after having your last baby years ago will want to listen closely. We’re gonna talk about pregnancy recovery. 

Listen–why is it that everybody knows that a new mother has expended and lost an enormous amount of her body’s nutritional resources in the process of forming her baby’s body and giving birth, but no one seems to think much about its aftermath? Ya know, things like post-partum depression, loss of sleep, loss of mental alertness. Well, ya know, maybe these are things a young mother is expected to go through. Just live with it, mom!Well, let me tell ya, that kind of thinking is ancient history. Our guests today are Dr. Dean Raffelock and his wife Stephanie who are founders of a company called Sound Formulas. They have developed a formula called After Baby Boost—actually a 3-step postnatal nutritional program developed especially for new mothers. It’s the first and only product of its kind. The After Baby Boost formula provides the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and essential oils a mother needs to regain what she lost during pregnancy and birth. It relieves many common postpartum symptoms such as mood swings, fatigue, worry, irritability, mental fogginess, sleep problems, dry skin, and brittle hair and nails—all the things that so many new moms have been resigned to having—up to now. Dr. Raffelock has been practicing and teaching clinical nutrition for over 30 years. At the present time, he has a holistic multidisciplinary practice in
Boulder, Colorado. He’s published many articles, is a noted lecturer and author, and he appears frequently on TV and radio to discuss natural health care. He is the lead author of a new book on pregnancy recovery called A NATURAL GUIDE TO PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM HEALTH published by Avery, Putnam, Penguin in 2003. He has many positions, but one that is particularly relevant to this program is that he is the Vice-President for Research and Development for his company Sound Formulas, which is dedicated to formulating nutritional products for women. It was Dr. Raffelock who formulated the After Baby Boost postnatal nutritional program
Stephanie Raffelock is also a teacher and frequent guest speaker and lectures on the politics of women’s healthcare and women and their place in religious traditions. She is the President of Sound Formulas and administrates the practice of her husband.If you are a new mother or know someone who is, you’re gonna wanna know more about After Baby Boost.  Your host today is Jennifer Daniels, a new mom herself. So let’s join her as she discusses the new After Baby Boost formula with Dr. Dean and Stephanie Raffelock. JD    Thanks Mike and welcome to our show, Dr. Raffelock and Stephanie! DR: Thanks, Jen—we’re happy to be here. JD:  OK—boy, after listening to Mike’s introduction I’d say you make almost the perfect team to talk about post-pregnancy issues in women, aren’t you? SR: Well, we’re perfect in the sense that both Dean and I are passionate about women’s health care and most especially the area of postpartum health. Our company, Sound Formulas is dedicated to helping women and I don’t think that there is a more important area of women’s health care than pregnancy recovery!   JD: That’s for sure! Well, could you tell us a little bit about what led you to develop your new After Baby Boost formula?  SR:  A few years ago I was watching Oprah and her guest was Marie Osmond, who was talking about postpartum depression.  And it really struck me because Marie Osmond is wholesome, all American mommy material and here she was talking about this major health crisis in her life. And I began to see how we have perpetuated a myth in this culture that if your baby is healthy, then you should be healthy too. So women feel guilty when they have postpartum problems and they don’t talk about them much.  And I began to wonder about postpartum health and what it meant from a nutritional perspective.  Were we doing enough for these women? JD:  OK, how about you Dr. Raffelock? DR: Jen, right after Stephanie heard about Marie Osmond’s postpartum suffering on Oprah, she became very passionate about the need to support postpartum women in a new and much needed way. She asked me to write a book on the subject, which is now in publication. It’s called A NATURAL GUIDE TO PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM HEALTH and in it we wound up coining the phrase Pregnancy Recovery as it relates to postnatal nutrition. We define pregnancy recovery as the deep need for all postpartum women to fully replenish the lost nutrient reserves that their bodies donated to form their baby’s body. Pregnancy recovery requires a good diet, plenty of rest, and a high quality postnatal nutritional product. Continuing to take just a prenatal vitamin after giving birth is just not enough because prenatal vitamins don’t contain the right kinds and amounts of vital nutrients for mother’s to fully replenish their postpartum nutritional reserves. JD:  You mean a new mom needs more than that? DR: A lot more, Jen. Besides donating all the nutrients to form their baby’s body and the placenta, a new mother’s body has continuing drains on her nutrient reserves.  The extra energy needed to care for her new child requires high quality nutrients. And, other factors like sleep loss, blood loss from surgery or tissue tearing, breastfeeding, continuing to care for other family members, and perhaps going back to her job also continue to drain nutrients from a new moms already depleted nutrient stores. The pregnancy recovery period is 24 months, which is the amount of time most cultures on earth recommend women wait before having another baby. It takes about this long to fully replenish a mother’s energy and nutrient reserves; enough to for her to have the best chance of staying healthy herself long-term and being able to have other children if desired. JD:   So that’s how you were inspired to develop a product like After Baby Boost? DR:  That’s right Jen. The next step was formulating the world’s first postnatal nutritional product. I couldn’t believe that nothing like it existed!  In my clinical practice I’d been looking at blood levels of key nutrients like essential oils, minerals, B-vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acid proteins in women for many years. These are all the nutritional building blocks a mom’s body needs in abundance in order to build a healthy baby’s body. There was no question in my mind that women who have had children were usually the ones most deficient in these key nutritional building blocks and that they needed a safe, effective, clinically tested product to assist their pregnancy recovery process. We formulated a postnatal product that included all key nutrients necessary for moms to recover their lost reserves and then put it through a double blind, placebo controlled clinical trial. We then tested it against a leading prenatal formula. JD:   What happened? DR: Jen, our product After Baby Boost, relieved all the postpartum symptoms we tested for much, much better than just continuing to use prenatal vitamins after giving birth. A mother’s nutritional needs are different and in many ways greater postpartum and a real postnatal formula is what is needed to help mom’s fully replenish their nutrient reserves. Now that we know that After Baby Boost is safe and effective, even for breastfeeding mothers, we have just made it available for women everywhere. JD:  Ok, well, let’s talk about what some of the post birth problems are. I’m sure that most women who have had babies are very familiar with them, but aren’t there many young mothers who don’t know what causes them?  DR: Well, I’m sure as a new mother, Jen, you can speak to that. As was mentioned earlier, many of these symptoms are taken for granted—like you’re supposed to experience them, like some kind of penance.  But there are real nutritional reasons that produce these symptoms. And there are real nutritional solutions, too.   JD:  Well, let’s talk about the causes first, OK?  DR: Jen, every system in the human body is dependent upon an adequate amount of essential nutrients for its function. Every brain and nerve cell, every bone, every muscle, every organ and gland, our skin and hair, and all of our cells and fluids are made of nutrients and need a continual supply of these nutrients for optimal functioning. These nutrients need to be replenished every day. When something comes along that drains our nutrient reserves, there is a strong chance that there will be some form of malfunction in one or more body system that will eventually cause physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. JD:   It’s a very demanding event, isn’t it?  DR:  Jen, Pregnancy and the postpartum period drain more nutrients, by far, than any other normal human physiologic process. A mother’s body donates all the proteins, vitamins, and minerals to form her baby’s muscles, organs, and bones, and her body also donates all the essential oils to form her baby’s brain, eyes, nerves, and cell membranes. Her baby’s body is nature’s first concern so if there aren’t enough nutrients to go around for both mom and baby, mom’s body goes without. And mom’s health can really suffer long term because of these nutrient shortages. The Standard American Diet, acronym SAD, is typically very deficient in many of the most important vital nutrients that moms need to replenish their own nutritional reserves. The lack of these nutrients leaves moms susceptible to many physical and emotional symptoms that can seriously affect their own health and their ability to take care of their family. JD:   Like what, Dr. Raffelock? DR: For example Jen, 60% of the human brain consists of fat.  The main structural fat that gives the brain its weight and size and the main cognitive fat that helps us think clearly, remember where we put our car keys, and remember to defrost tonight’s dinner, is the Omega 3 oil DHA. The vast majority of moms are very deficient in this essential oil. A lack of DHA oil can cause mood swings, baby blues, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, dry skin, brittle hair, mental fogginess, and quite a few other serious symptoms. The placenta will remove DHA oil from the mother’s blood like a vacuum cleaner so baby’s brain, eyes, nerves, skin, and cell membranes can be properly formed. Failure to replenish a new mom’s DHA oil supplies can cause any of the symptoms we just mentioned and these symptoms can remain, plaguing a mother for years after she gives birth. It’s never too late for a woman to replenish her lost postpartum nutritional reserves. Our After Baby Boost formulas supply DHA oil and EPA oil which helps to relieve pain and inflammation. It also contains many other essential nutrients to help mothers fully replenish their postpartum nutritional reserves. JD:   Well that helped clear up some things for me, and I’m sure for many of our listeners, too. Listen, we have to take a break here, but when we come back, we should provide some details about your After Baby Boost formula, which I understand is a three-step nutritional supplement program. Right?  DR: That’s right, Jen. JD:   OK—so we’ll want to talk about that and also about some of the other victims of post partum problems, and they’re sometimes among the forgotten, too. So, stay tuned and we’ll be right back after this commercial break.

JD:   OK, folks, we’re back. This is Jen Daniels, your host for Health Point Radio today, and I’m here with our guests Dr. Dean Raffelock and his wife Stephanie who have developed a new postnatal nutritional formula to help new mothers get through those difficult early months after childbirth. It’s called After Baby Boost. Just how long do those difficult times last would you say? Stephanie?  SR:      Well, Jen, let me ask you. How old is your child? JD:   My daughter is 17 months old. Why?                                    SR:  And are you still experiencing some of the post-partum symptoms we talked about? JD:  Well, I confess I am—mostly loss of sleep, lack of energy and fatigue—things like that. SR:  How about depression or stress? JD: Well, I did have the “blues” for about the first year because it was all so overwhelming I think, but I’m getting used to it. My daughter’s older now and more manageable—but not always! But there’s some stress still, now that she gets into things. SR:  I didn’t mean to put you on the spot, Jen, but you are a perfect example. It takes a time to recover from pregnancy.  And our society has changed a lot.  You know when my mother had me she stayed in the hospital for almost three weeks.  When she first told me that I asked her if I had been a difficult birth and she said “no, that was just the way they did it then.  You had a baby and then you stayed in the hospital and rested for a couple of weeks.”    JD: Yeah—my mom told me the same thing! SR:  Well, now here we are some 50 years later and let’s not forget that it took a mandate of Congress in the 1990s to allow women to stay in the hospital for just 48 hours after a normal vaginal birth. Also the near-by extended family has pretty much disappeared from the landscape and women don’t get the same kind of familial support that they used to. Your life has completely changed, your schedule is crazy, your relationships have been impacted. To deal with it all, you need some sort of help for a long period of time.  And while nutritional help can’t replace family help and rest, it can and does make a difference in how your body handles all of these new stresses. Moms who don’t get nutritional help may never get back their pre-pregnancy level of health and well-being. After Baby Boost really addresses all of these issues. DR: Jen, if I can jump in here for a second about depression and new moms. There are now over 300 million Americans and close to 30 million Americans on antidepressant drugs, that’s one out of ten Americans! What’s very interesting about this to me is that the vast majority of those taking these drugs are women and most of these women taking antidepressant drugs have had baby’s! So there’s a good chance that these moms have depleted nutrient reserves. Antidepressant drugs are usually the very first thing prescribed to women by their doctors when they start to have almost any postpartum symptoms. I think the thinking here needs to change, especially with women with no prior history of depression. I think that doctors have to begin thinking like this.” Hmmm. Your body has donated an enormous amount of nutrients to form your baby’s body and the placenta. Let’s replenish your nutrition reserves with a good postnatal formula first and see how you do.”  Jen, we are not saying that these drugs are never needed but we are saying that none of these drugs contain any of the nutrients that new moms need to replenish their reserves. So even if a mom does need anti-depression drugs, she still needs a high quality postnatal formula to help her through her 24 month pregnancy recovery process! JD:  Well, let’s get into exactly what your After Baby Boost is and what it’s ingredients are. Let’s take it right from the top: What is After Baby Boost?  SR:    After Baby Boost is a three-step program involving three different supplement formulas. One is a special, complete multi-vitamin/mineral formula that contains key ingredients for replenishing energy lost helping you recover your stamina and strength. The second step helps to replenish the key essential oils to help with brain function and it has anti-inflammatory properties to help with those aches and pains that new mothers have. And keep in mind that if you’re nursing, these benefits pass to the baby. The third step is a supplement that provides the minerals calcium and magnesium in a very absorbable form that provides for bone growth and strength and helps with sleep. These three steps also help with the intangibles such as mood swings and the ability to handle the increased stress of being a mom. JD:  And there’s no other product on the market that does these things? SR:  No. You can find some of the pieces of this program here and there and certainly some prescription drugs that deal rather heavy-handedly with some of these problems, but none that are the comprehensive, all-in-one postnatal formula that often helps with the whole range of post-partum problems that After Baby Boost is.   JD:  Sounds really good! So let’s get into what the ingredients are, OK? SR:  I’m going to pass this one on to Dean. DR: Jen, as I said before, I’ve had the advantage of looking at blood levels of these key nutrients in postpartum women for many years. So I already knew what the most common nutritional deficiencies new moms suffered from and what special nutrients needed to be included in After Baby Boost to make it the most effective postnatal nutritional product possible. JD: So did you make sure to include these in your After Baby Boost formula? DR: Absolutely, Jen. Included in After Baby Boost bottle #1 are very absorbable forms of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s a complete multiple formula. However, I we’ve also included key energy producing nutrients like Co-enzyme Q10 and Alpha Lipoic acid. CoQ10 and Alpha Lipoic acid are not included in most multiple vitamin/mineral products, and certainly not included in prenatal vitamins, because either the knowledge isn’t there or because they are very expensive. However, they are essential for human energy production so we included them in After Baby Boost. The lack of either one of these can cause faulty energy production and the resultant fatigue, mood swings, irritability, and feelings of being overwhelmed that new moms are all too familiar with. CoQ10 is essential for good heart function, muscle endurance, overall energy, and even helps prevent gum disease. Alpha Lipoic acid helps the little energy producing batteries in our cells called mitochondria produce 36 units of energy per molecule of sugar. If Alpha Lipoic Acid is deficient in a mom’s body, many mitochondria can only make 2 units of energy per molecule of sugar! That’s a huge difference in energy production Jen. So a deficiency in Alpha Lipoic Acid can really cause a lack of energy that can affect moms physically and emotionally. That’s why these two key ingredients had to be included in After Baby Boost.  JD:  OK—so what’s in the second step? DR: After Baby Boost bottle #2 consists of the essential oils EPA and DHA. These oils have been donated to make baby’s brain, eyes, nerves, skin, and cell membranes. A deficiency in them can cause a mom to suffer from moods swings, fatigue, dry, scaly skin, dry lifeless hair, constipation, achy joints, dry mucous membranes, frequent colds, forgetfulness, high blood pressure and other health problems. We have formulated these essential oils with the proper amount of antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Rosemary oil to keep these essential oils fresh and from becoming rancid. Breastfeeding moms need to take extra DHA oil so that there will be enough in her milk to support her baby’s brain and eye development and some left for her own body’s needs too! It is essential that moms take these oils on a daily basis. JD: It sounds like you’ve pretty much covered the bases, haven’t you? DR:  Well, Jen there’s more—and it’s very important. JD:  Oh, that must be the third step then, right? DR: Right. After Baby Boost bottle #3 consists of a 1:1 ratio of calcium and magnesium in a very absorbable form. This helps restore better sleep and calmness in moms and helps to replenish these key minerals that may be lost in breastfeeding. Moms need extra calcium to help prevent osteoporosis (soft bones) and magnesium helps moms to relax, eases muscle aches and pains, helps energy, and is needed in over 300 important body functionsJD:  Well we have to take another commercial break here; folks so when we come back we’ll talk about those forgotten victims of the post-partum period and also about the clinical testing. Please stay tuned!


JD: Ok! We’re back. This is Jen Daniels and I’m here with Dr. Dean Raffelock and his, wife Stephanie and they are the co-founders of a women’s nutritional company called Sound Formulas and the developers of a great new postnatal nutritional formula called After Baby Boost that deals with post partum problems in new mothers. Dr. Raffelock, we’ve reported that After Baby Boost has been clinically tested and this is really important to our listeners. Can you give us some of the details?  DR: Sure, Jen. After Baby Boost was subject to a double- blind, placebo controlled series of tests that compared our postnatal product to a leading prenatal vitamin. We chose a prenatal formula for a placebo because many doctors recommend that women stay on their prenatal vitamins after they give birth. Based on all the blood testing we did, I thought that just staying on a prenatal after giving birth wouldn’t even come close to meeting a mother’s need for nutritional replenishment during her 24 month pregnancy recovery phase. We were right! Our postnatal formula After Baby Boost was far more effective for relieving postpartum symptoms including improved energy and stamina, improved sleep, less nervousness and worry, improved moods, greater ability to concentrate, healthier skin and hair, less joint pain, less water retention and even less breast tenderness.   JD:  Hold it, Dr. Raffelock. Better tell our listeners what double blind, placebo-controlled means, would you? DR: Sure Jen. It is a way to ensure that there is no tainting of the test results because neither the person taking the supplements nor the person administering the test knows who is taking which formula. After Baby Boost was tested for all the symptoms we just listed. Four of these symptoms are very common for most new moms. You must know about them, Jen! They are mood swings, joint pain, sleeplessness and fatigue. JD: Actually I know about all four of those!   So—what were the results? DR:   Mood swings improved 60% in the test group taking After Baby Boost compared to the placebo group just taking the prenatal vitamins. Sleeplessness improved 44% with After Baby Boost. Overall energy and the ability to do many activities improved 90% with After Baby Boost. And After baby Boost improved joint pain over 500%! We’re very proud of how After Baby Boost really helps new moms feel better Jen! JD: Those are very convincing! I wish I had known about it 17 months ago. In fact, I’m glad I know about it now! DR: Well, for those lingering symptoms we talked about Jen, I’m sure you would find After Baby Boost very helpful. Remember that the recommended pregnancy recovery period is 24 months!  JD: I’m on board for that! Dr. Raffelock, earlier we mentioned the forgotten victims of post partum problems. Who are they and what does your formula do for them?  SR: I’ll take that one, Jen.  A mother’s lack of good postpartum health impacts the entire family; in fact I think it can impact an entire community.  Dads have stresses as a new father too.  He’s got another mouth to feed, more responsibilities…and dads today are much more involved in taking care of kids and home than they were in my mother’s generation.  And if his wife is not up to task that this new gift of life brings, it can create disharmony in the marriage and in the home.  I mean look at your outlook on life when you are rested and feeling good and your outlook when you are so tired and maybe even a little blue…it’s like who wants a cranky mom and who wants to be a cranky mom.  That’s another important reason for keeping your energy reserves up through nutritional replenishment.  And you know that when mom is taking her After Baby Boost nutrients she becomes a role model to her children who get the idea that it’s good to take your nutritional supplements and it’s good to take care of yourself.  And don’t we all want to raise children who feel that taking care of their own health is a good thing?  Having a baby is a life changing experience and when you have a sense of health and well-being in your own life I would venture to say that having kids is one of the ultimate experiences in life!  JD:   Yeah—it can be a pretty tough time. I learned that. But it isn’t all bad, is it?  SR: You know today, we are addressing an area of women’s health care, pregnancy recovery, that doesn’t usually receive a whole lot of attention, so we have spent quite a bit of time defining the problems in this area. What is amazing is that more often than not even mothers who feel the worst kind of postpartum will still tell you that nothing is as great or wonderful in her life as her children.  And I hope that we have inspired some hope for moms out there that there is a solution, which is postpartum nutritional replenishment.  Something to help your body deal with the challenges and stresses that often accompany childbirth.  The bottom line is we are talking about a product that has the potential and possibility to enhance and enrich the experience of being a mother by helping you to feel better. JD:   Well, on that very positive note, we’ll take a break for a reminder how our listeners can find out more about After Baby Boost. And when we come back we’ll have some final words from the Raffelocks. Stay tuned folks we’ll be right back after this commercial break.

JD:    This is Jennifer Daniels back with Dr. Dean Raffelock and his wife, Stephanie, the developers of what sounds like a wonderful new formula for new mothers called After Baby Boost. This has been quite a session, folks, and quite honestly as a new mom of 17 months I learned a heck of a lot. We covered a lot of ground, so can we try to summarize what we talked about before we leave the air? First we talked about what some of the problems that new mothers have. Could you go over them again? DR:   Jen, the most common problems that new moms suffer from are fatigue, mental fogginess, moods swings, feelings of overwhelm, irritability, sleeplessness, dry skin and hair, and joint pains.    JD:    And your After Baby Boost formula helps relieve these problems. How? DR:   After Baby Boost bottle #1 contains a very high quality complete multiple vitamin and mineral formula including antioxidants, B-vitamins, Vitamins E, C, D, minerals and key energy producing nutrients like C0Q10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid. After Baby Boost bottle #2 contains the essential oils DHA and EPA that help mom’s moods, energy, heart, skin and hair, and relieves joint pains. After Baby Boost bottle #3 contains a 1:1 ratio of highly absorbable calcium and magnesium to help moms bones, energy, ability to relax, sleep, and stay calm. It also helps muscles to relax. JD:   And these come in capsule form. And what is the dosage? DR:     Jen, taking After Baby Boost is simple. Four capsules of After Baby Boost #1 per day. These can be taken all with breakfast or two with breakfast and two with lunch. After Baby Boost #2 is two capsules per day. These can be taken two with breakfast or one with breakfast and one with dinner. And After baby Boost #3 is four capsules of our cal/mag product that can be taken 2 with dinner and 2 just before bedtime.   JD:    Well, that’s a lot of information in a very short time, but we have just about a minute left for a wrap up. I’ll turn the mike over to you for that. Who’s gonna start? DR:   I will Jen. First thank you so much for having us on your show. I hope there are a lot of new moms, and expectant moms who will feel encouraged and relieved that they don’t have to carry on the old legacy of suffering postpartum symptoms in silence. There is finally a safe, effective, clinically tested, postnatal nutrient program to help them feel and function much better at a time when they really want to be enjoying and taking care of that wonderful new baby!   Also Jen, Stephanie and I hope that before we leave this earth that the concept of Pregnancy Recovery including all women taking a high quality postnatal vitamin program will be as common as taking prenatal vitamins. New moms need many nutrients that aren’t contained in prenatal vitamins to relieve their postpartum symptoms and that’s why we’ve produced After Baby Boost. We know that it is safe and effective for nursing and non-nursing moms. Even women who had their last baby years ago and still have the symptoms we’ve talked about today can benefit from taking After Baby Boost.  Stephanie, would you like to finish?  SR:   Sure. Just like I hope and pray that every woman in
America who is pregnant takes a
prenatal vitamin, I hope that these same women will recognize the importance of taking a postnatal supplement too.  Mothers are really our national treasures.  They mold and shape the lives of tomorrow’s adults.  From my perspective, mothering has to be the most important job in the world and I believe passionately that mothers in all phases—pregnancy, postpartum and beyond deserve the very, very best in healthcare and support.  And if you are a grandma out there today listening to this, or a caring friend, remember that postpartum nutrition makes for the ultimate gift for a new mom.  
JD:   Well, thank you Dr. Dean and Stephanie Raffelock.  I guess the key question now is how can our listeners purchase your product After baby Boost? DR: Our website is and the phone number is 303-541-9019JD:Listeners, that’s our show today   and I hope you’ll follow the Raffelock’s advice and look into this exciting new product called After Baby Boost. I know I’m going to order it! This is Jen Daniels for Health Point Radio. Goodbye until next time and be well out there! 



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