Having a baby can be a positive experience for many mothers and fathers. In fact, we often have the expectation that we’ll feel happy and fulfilled as we welcome a new life into the world. Yet with the introduction of a new family member, parents have some major readjustments to deal with: Babies lead to a loss of independence, changes in financial status and/or security, and sometimes upheaval in relationships (among many other things). Although parents may feel prepared for these changes, having a baby can still be a very difficult adjustment. More often than not, when time and independence go out the window, so does eating right. But while eating healthy, nourishing foods may be the last thing on our minds when there’s a new baby to care for, it’s a crucial component to healing after delivery and reducing the risk of postpartum depression. Read on to learn how baby blues, postpartum depression, and nutrition all connect.