We all know how important nutrition is during pregnancy, and most expectant moms ensure that they’re meeting their nutrient requirements, as well as avoiding foods that may be unsafe. But what about postpartum nutrition?
If you are expecting a baby or have just had a baby, let’s not overlook the nutrition support needed after delivery. An adequate diet is especially important for recovery, and to supply you with the energy necessary to care for your new baby.
Check-in with these tips as part of your postpartum journey--
1) Hydrate—It’s crucial that you stay hydrated, both to maintain healthy digestion and to help establish and maintain the proper milk supply. Drink frequently and proactively (before you feel thirsty) to avoid dehydration. Adequate hydration also supports energy, so treat yourself to a fun water bottle!
2) Make convenient snacks available— especially those that you can eat one handed like bars, whole grain muffins, and energy bites. Finding your groove with a new baby doesn’t always align with your typical eating schedule, so hearty snacks will keep you going like these Chewy Granola Bars.
3) Accept help! It’s essential that you have some healthy home cooked meals ready to heat up post-delivery. Most moms would agree that the best gifts post-delivery are home cooked meals. This allows you to relax/get in more shut eye, support an adequate caloric intake, and alleviates the stress of feeding the family. This recipe for Green Goddess Enchiladas is the perfect example for a nutritious casserole waiting to be reheated.
For customized plans to support you further, schedule an appointment with one of our dietitians at My Nutrition Studio!
Let us help you put your nutrition foundation into practice! Creating healthy habits to honor your body requires ACTION, and we are here to provide you with ideas and inspiration to support your journey.