Everyone knows the importance of good nutrition while pregnant, but what happens after the baby comes? Typically, new moms are exhausted, trying to figure out the baby’s schedule and many times either forget to eat, or nibble on something quick that provides little or no nutrition.
A healthy diet after pregnancy supplies you with the energy needed to care for your newborn and recover quickly. In addition to getting sleep when the baby sleeps, it is the best way to fight postpartum fatigue.
Tips For A Healthy Diet After Pregnancy
A good way to ensure you’re eating well is to eat 5-6 small meals every day. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, eat a mid-afternoon snack and a late night snack. Foods that require little or no preparation, like raw vegetables, fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, yogurt, oatmeal, trail mix will not only satisfy your hunger but will provide some of the important nutrients your body needs.
Keep up your calcium by eating milk products, sardines and salmon (with bones). Iron is also a key to your postpartum diet and feeling energetic. Lean red meats, egg yolks, tofu, lentils, figs, spinach, and artichokes are all good choices.
Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, so keep up with the citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, broccoli and all those vitamin C rich foods.
Of course, hydration is equally important, especially if you are breastfeeding. Keep a pitcher of water beside your breastfeeding chair and keep drinking throughout the day. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Don’t focus on your weight in the initial postpartum period. It can take several months to lose the weight you gained during your pregnancy. Eat smart, get out walking and your weight will slowly get back to normal.
Remember to accept help from friends and family. You need your rest and to eat well in order to be able to care for your newborn. If friends and family are able to cook meals for you, accept the offer. You’ll appreciate it when you’re too tired to cook.
Get rest. Eat well. Love your baby. It’s just the beginning.