Taking care of you is taking care of baby.
And while you’ll be spending all your energy and effort on your little one for the next few months, you have to think about yourself a little.
After the birth of your child it’s important you get the rest and nutrition you need.
Getting the rest you need is a matter of streamlining feeding and changing times and making sure you sleep when baby sleeps.
But getting the right nutrition is a little more complicated.
In the next few paragraphs, we’re going to give you a short guide to creating the best diet after delivery.
1. The Best Diet After Delivery: Get Enough Protein
Your baby is literally sucking the protein from your body when she feeds.
Women who breastfeed postpartum need at least two to three servings of protein each day.
You are most likely not getting enough protein in your diet if you’re eating your normal amount.
Consider adding extra dairy to your diet. This gives you both protein and calcium.
If you are vegan, you can add beans, seeds, and certain legumes to your diet. Make sure you add rice to these foods to get the most out of your meals.
2. The Closer to the Earth the Better
Whole foods will give you the most nutrients in your diet after delivery.
When you purchase breads and pastas, get whole grain versions of each.
While white bread might be tastier, the carbohydrates in these breads convert to the wrong kinds of sugars for both you and your baby.
You’ll also boost your blood sugar too quickly if you eat white breads and pastas.
Just like after drinking caffeine, you’ll quickly crash and feel tired and weak.
When you eat the more complex carbs found in whole grain foods, your body will absorb sugar more slowly. Your blood sugar will remain stable and you’ll avoid gaining unnecessary weight.
2. Eat the Right Fats
Fat isn’t actually bad for you. That is, it’s not bad for you if it’s the right kind of fat.
Fish is a great source of the kinds of fats you want in your diet after delivery.
Omega 3 fatty acids are great for you and your baby. They will boost your little one’s brain development.
You’ll need two servings of fish each day to get the necessary amounts of omega threes.
If you’re vegan, you can get your omega 3s without resorting to the eating of fish flesh.
Flaxseeds, mixed greens, canola oils, walnuts, and soybeans and tofu are all great sources of omega 3 fatty acids.
3. All the Veggies and Fruits You Want
You need fiber in your diet. Not only will it keep you “regular,” it will help you stave off the weight.
You’ll also gain a massive dose of great vitamins and minerals if you add more veggies and fruits to your diet.
So, you have all the permission in the world to heap on the veggies and fruits.
Conclusion: It’s All About Whole Foods
The best diet after delivery includes mostly whole foods.
While you can indulge in dessert sometimes, you should stay away from processed foods.
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