Healthy Eating For New Moms
Healthy eating when you are not pregnant are pretty much the same healthy diets that you should eat after you have given birth. There are a few things that may vary if you are a breast feeding mother. If you are breast feeding your child, it is a good idea to avoid seafood, alcohol and a lot of caffeine. If you had a very difficult delivery and had blood loss, it might be wise to add additional red meat to your diet and foods high in B12 and iron.
Most doctors recommend a diet rich in calcium for women who are breast feeding and also that you are eating plenty of fresh grains. Women who breast feed actually burn more calories than they would typically. In the first 6 months of your child’s life, if you are breast feeding, you’ll want to add a good 500 calories to your normal dietary intake. After your child turns 6 months old, you can begin tapering those additional calories down to about 400 until your little one is fully weaned.
Special Needs After Pregnancy
A lot of women complain about issues with constipation after they’ve given birth. In order to alleviate this issue, begin adding more fiber to your diet right away. You do not want to be uncomfortable and taking care of a newborn at the same time.
Most women are anxious to lose their ‘baby weight’ and that is understandable, however you shouldn’t be in too big of a hurry. Remember that your body is recovering from a huge event. If you are breast feeding it is especially important that you do not attempt to put yourself on any restrictive diets. Speak to your doctor about proper nutrition if you must, but give your body time to recover slowly on its own. Remember that it took nine months to get the way it is, give your body as much time to recover itself naturally.
There have been some research efforts that are pointing to the fact that postpartum depression could be related to low levels of B vitamins in the bloodstream of new mothers. Low levels of omega 3 fatty acids could also contribute to the conditions that may cause postpartum depression. By making just a few small changes to your diet and perhaps taking some vitamin supplements, you can avoid the possibility of developing postpartum depression.
Just Eat Well
Some women find it very difficult to find time to cook after becoming a new mother. There is an adjustment period to go through and newborns are completely dependent upon you for everything. When you have some extra time while baby is napping, try preparing large batches of some foods.
If it is possible for you to actually set aside a day to make up several meals you can freeze, it will be worth the trouble in the long run. Invite family to come over and help you do this and you can let them take turns holding the baby while you put together your meals for a week or two. You’ll thank yourself later.