Weight gain during pregnancy is a given, considering you’re growing another human being inside your body and eating to provide nutrition for both. However, diet plays as important a role after delivery as it does while you’re still carrying. Here are some foods every mom should eat after delivery:
- Dairy Products
Dairy products are a good source of calcium, protein and B Vitamins, and are all the more essential for a new mother as well as for the baby. Milk, cheese or yogurts are some of the dairy products that must be included in a breastfeeding woman’s daily diet. Your baby absorbs calcium from the breastmilk for bone development. Calcium-rich foods help to replace the lost calcium in your body as you breastfeed your newborn. In order to prevent bone loss, try to include three cups of dairy every day in your diet.
Pulses are a good source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They help you have a well-balanced diet after your delivery. Pulses such as green and red grams are beneficial for the overall health of a new mother and they also prevent fat from accumulating in the body.
- Green Vegetables
Whether you’ve just delivered or not, green vegetables are recommended for everyone. They are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, iron and dietary calcium. They are low in calories and rich in antioxidants which help in losing post-pregnancy weight. Spinach, broccoli, beans, pointed gourd, apple gourd and other seasonal veggies can take care of a new mother’s nutritional needs.
Due to its DHA properties, salmon is believed to be a nutritional powerhouse for breastfeeding mothers. Salmon is rich in DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a type of fat which helps in developing a baby’s nervous system. DHA has also been found to elevate mood and helps in preventing postpartum depression. Although breastmilk naturally contains DHA, mothers who eat DHA-rich foods have higher levels of this fat in their milk. It must be noted that the servings of salmon must be limited to two per week in order to avoid mercury exposure to your baby.
- Finger Millets
Finger millets are an excellent source of iron and calcium. Eating a diet rich in these will help renew the strength that a woman loses during childbirth. Including finger millets in your daily meals can fulfil your body’s requirement. It also makes for a great alternative in case you’re allergic to dairy products.
So don’t be in a hurry to shed your post-pregnancy weight. Ensure that you eat the right diet once you’ve delivered and allow your body to heal naturally. Consult our team of experts at KIMS Cuddles to know more about your post pregnancy diet and regimen.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance