It’s great to follow a healthy pregnancy eating plan whilst pregnant to ensure you are eating the right nutrients and vitamins for the baby’s development.
But what happens when the baby is born and your attention is turned to your gorgeous newborn? Eating well once your baby is born is still really important, whether you are breastfeeding or not as a healthy mummy often means healthy, happy children.
Cheree Sheldon, one of our nutritionists shares some tips on continuing your healthy eating plan once you’ve given birth:
So, you have spent time pre-natal and during pregnancy looking after yourself, and all of a sudden your focus shifts to this amazing new creature you have bought into the world. You have now become “MUM”, and every noise or movement from your little bundle demands your attention. It is very easy to forget yourself in the wonder of new life, but to be a great mum, you will need all of your energy, and that means eating well.
Birthing a baby takes its toll on our body, and we need to replenish it, and nourish it. Breastfeeding requires extra calories for your body to produce the milk your baby needs. I seriously was never as ravenous as the first week after my daughter was born!
5 healthy eating tips for new mums!
1. Prepare in advance
Most meals can keep up to three months in the freezer, so if you have the room, prepare extras in the lead up to giving birth. Every meal you make in the last few weeks, make an extra one and freeze it.
2. Stock up on healthy snack options
Fill your pantry with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, ingredients to whip up your fave Healthy Mummy Smoothies, crisp breads, rice crackers, tinned fish, baked beans and muesli.
3. Ask for food!
Ask your friends and family to hold off on buying you a metric tonne of baby singlets and onesies and instead ask them to cook you a healthy meal in the months after bub arrives. At your baby shower you could even get your gal pals to write a roster of who will cook what and when, so they don’t all rock up with the same dish on the same day!
Check out Kaitie’s top meals to prepare in advance for a new mum here!
4. Hire a doula
A doula is a birth support person who can be there for you throughout your pregnancy and labour. But one of the services some doulas offer is to cook and clean for you after you have given birth. What an amazing service!
Get your partner to clean, your mother in law to do the shopping, and your mum to cook. Whatever it takes to keep you nourished and relaxed!
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