Foods to eat after your delivery
Dr Sheetal Bhatia
Domlur, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Isn’t motherhood a wonderful thing? A beautiful feeling of affection – another new reason to love life and stay happy. But this too comes with a few extra pounds. But please don’t let concerns related to food aggravate your already sleepless nights. While you’ve sought means to get used to your new schedule, we have chalked out a simple yet effective diet plan for you. This plan is not only easy to follow but will help you slim down in a healthy way.
One important fact to note for new mothers is that you should not start body slimming dieting too soon; this is because the body certainly needs more time to recover from labor and delivery. Only after your six-week postpartum checkup, you can start keeping a tab on the calorie intake. But if you’re breastfeeding, it is recommended that you wait till the baby is a minimum of 2 months.
If a diet is started too soon after delivering a baby, then your recovery can be hampered and you may end up feeling lethargic and low on energy at all times. Additionally, dieting can surely impact the milk supply and make breastfeeding an unhappy experience for you. So you have to not only concentrate on losing weight but do it without hampering the health of you and your baby. So here is a great diet plan that is nearly perfect post pregnancy.
Key Elements of a Healthy Diet
Foods rich in nutrients should be considered extremely important. Such foods make you feel fuller and help calories go away. Some of such foods are fruits and vegetables, whole grains and leafy greens. Even lean protein, like beef, fish, and soy foods are good nutrient sources. Dairy products (skim or low-fat milk) are an amazing option too.
Another crucial element of your diet should be iron. It can be found in fortified cereals, lean meat as well as prune juice. Along with iron, vitamin C is important too. Vitamin C is especially helpful in wound healing for women who underwent a C-section procedure.
Everyone loves snacks, but most snack packs available in the market are loaded with artificial sweeteners. So, think carefully before you choose something to munch on. Instead of chips or cola and soda, opt for whole-grain crackers with something like hummus, a bowl of nuts, a cup of whole-grain cereal with skimmed/low-fat milk, a hardboiled egg with salad, a fruit coupled with some low-fat cheese, peanut butter, or plain Greek yoghurt (add some berries to add sweetness).
Ask your friends for support and assistance
When friends come home to congratulate you when your child is born, they usually come with an assortment of homemade chocolates, cupcakes, muffins, sugar cookies in the shape of pram or rattles, and several other high-calorie food items. These usual sweet boxes or candy jars can be replaced with some plain yogurt, or maybe a can of nuts and fruits; basically, foods you may need to keep the energy levels up.
Drink a lot of Water
A breastfeeding woman requires more fluids. It is important that you keep yourself well-hydrated. A good way to check hydration levels is by looking at the color of urine. A darker color urine indicates that you should drink more water.
Regular Exercise and Meditation
Make exercise a regular part of your routine after consultation with your doctor. It is very important that you consult your doctor before you begin with any exercise regimen post-pregnancy, and making meditation a daily part of your routine will help you to feel more relaxed during this new phase of your life.