You just gave birth! Not only to your baby but also to yourself. You gave birth to a mother. Think about it. You came out, through the most tedious process human body can go through. The amount of pain you have borne during childbirth was tremendous. All your joints and ligaments have become weak. Your body has been drained of the nutrients to make a wonderful little human being. Why I stress on this is because i have gone through this phase very recently, as soon as we give birth, we get so engrossed in handling the baby with all we have and in our best ways that paying attention to ourselves is the last thing on the minds of new moms. Our hormones come into play, our body needs to heal from pregnancy and birthing and most primarily it has to produce breast milk. Now that’s plenty of work and for this we need proper nutrition.
It is our outmost duty to look after ourselves too. We only have one body to spend our entire lifetime in. We must not take it for granted. I have collected information from books and websites and most primarily from my mom and mom in law to be able to pass onto as much people as i can, the awareness of eating right post partum.
The tips that I found most useful are:
- Increase your fluid intake: have lots of soups, juices, milk and water to make up for the fluid loss from your body during birth and feeding the baby. This also ensures there is no shortage of breastmilk supply.
- Have lots of proteins: we all know proteins are our building blocks. To recover from the muscle exhaustion in the body one must stress on having proteins from various sources. These can be from legumes, eggs, chicken, fish and lean meat, milk broccoli etc. proteins must make up the most major portion of your diet.
- Stress on green leafy: veggies have lots of minerals and that’s exactly what you need in this phase of life. Minerals make up for the bodily losses and give your body the strength to cope up with the tough job you just started off with.
- Add ghee to your diet: yes we all have once been sceptical about adding saturated fats to our diets to avoid unnecessary weight gain but believe me you, ghee has the most amazing benefits one could imagine. It rehydrates our joints and ligaments which suffer as a result of the pressure put on bodies during normal delivery. It also gives the body a lot of strength. Many women suffer from post-partum constipation which can be relieved by having one tsp ghee in their tea or hot milk.
- Healthy snacking: if you are feeding the baby, you could be hungry throughout the day since breastfeeding is a strenuous activity. For this you must have healthy snacks stacked up on your bed side table. My favourite snacks are makhane (fox-nut; roasted in small amount of butter and topped with salt+pepper), greek yoghurt, cereal bars, peanut butter, muesli+nuts trail mix.
- Have 5 portions of fruits a day: look for a variety of colours. The more colours of fruits and veggies you add to your diet the better it is. Fruits give your activity levels a boost and makes you feel less lazy and lethargic. They also kill the craving of having sugary junk food.
Make sure you include each one of these to your diets on daily basis.
Stay healthy for a better life.
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