Having a baby is a bit of a whirlwind and it can be challenging to prioritize healthy eating habits when you’re overjoyed and overwhelmed with the new addition of your family. Up until now, people have told you ‘get your sleep now!’ because you’re going to be up for all hours of the night feeding your newborn (at least for a little bit), recovering, and adjusting to motherhood. Keeping your body healthy and energized with the right foods is vital to maintain your health and focus on your baby. Here are some great post-partum foods to keep you feeling your best:
When your sleep schedule is out of whack taking care of an infant, it’s helpful to avoid heavily caffeinated drinks like coffee that promote insomnia and anxiety. Green tea is a great coffee alternative, packed with antioxidants and natural caffeine that provides an abundance of health benefits. It is incredibly nourishing and will provide essential energy and mental clarity for any new mother.
If you’re needing something a bit stronger to get yourself out of bed in the morning, why not try matcha?
Matcha is a type of whole leaf green tea that provides full nutritional benefits and a high concentration of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. In fact, one cup of matcha contains the nutritional content of 10 cups of green tea! It also has more caffeine than your standard bagged tea. Matcha is without a doubt a beneficial way to start your day!
It’s always a smart idea to keep your body hydrated. Especially after having a baby is no different, especially after having a baby and while you’re breastfeeding. The amount of water a new mother should drink increases to around 10 glasses of water a day.
Consider adding lemon to your water to provide health benefits for you and your baby, such as preventing digestive issues, a strengthened immune system, and nutrient assimilation. Keep that water bottle handy and your cells hydrated!
It’s a good idea to continue taking your prenatal vitamins or switch to a multivitamin for a months after giving birth. Most doctors recommend taking a multivitamin while breastfeeding or taking a vitamin tailored for lactating women. This ensures you’re getting all the nutrients you and your baby need.
Pregnant women are recommended to take fish oil or DHA/Omega-3 supplements to ensure they’re getting adequate fatty acids, particularly during the third trimester. Pediatric doctors recommend getting 200g-300g DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and omega-3 fatty acids daily for women who are breastfeeding since the body’s levels can remain low after giving birth.
Eating a healthy diet with a variety of fruits, veggies, and protein sources important for every new mother. Check in with your health professional regularly to ensure you’re feeling your best with post-partum foods that are best for you.
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