Most moms focus on their new babies right after delivery, which is great, but you also need to know that taking care of yourself is vital to both your health and your newborn’s. Paying attention to what you eat now is key.
Remember that what you eat is actually passed along to your baby via your breastmilk, so make sure to eat nutritiously.
Vitamins and Minerals
To recover from childbirth, your body needs lots of vitamins and minerals. Remember to eat nutrient -rich foods, such as these, after delivery:
- Oats: Try oats for breakfast, or even have someone whip up a batch of oatmeal cookies for you (you should not have to do it, you just had a baby!). Oats are a great source of iron, calcium, fiber and protein. Since they are high in fiber, they also help prevent constipation and are great for clearing the body of ‘bad’ fats.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is a spice that contains vitamins B6 and C, fiber, potassium, magnesium and manganese. These essential vitamins can help with inflammation and with healing any stomach upsets. Add turmeric to your cooking or to hot tea.
- Ginger: Ginger is another spice that tastes great in teas. It contains fiber, vitamins B6 and E, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium and manganese. Ginger helps with inflammation and it helps you recover quickly from muscle soreness, which you may have a great deal of after childbirth.
- Millet: Millet is considered one of the world’s healthiest foods. It has iron and calcium, both of which you need after giving birth. It can help you regain your strength, and is perfect for anyone who cannot tolerate dairy. You can cook millet as you would porridge, add to cooked vegetables, or bake into baked goods like breads and muffins.
- Almonds: Almonds are another superfood. These powerhouses contain fiber, vitamins B12 and E and plenty of copper, magnesium, calcium, zinc and potassium. Drink almond milk, snack on a handful of almonds or enjoy some delicious almond butter!
- Green veggies: Green vegetables are always a great choice. High in iron, they will help you recuperate quickly. Add spinach to your salad or saute some with dinner. Any leafy green is great for you!
- Sesame seeds: Sesame seeds are not just for topping hamburger buns! No, they are great for topping salads and tossing into stir frys, too. Black and white sesame seeds are an excellent source of calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, and phosphorous. These help the body replenish the essential minerals it needs to recover. The seeds are also helpful for keeping the body regular.
Add these foods to your ‘after delivery’ diet and you, and your baby, will be healthy.
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