We all know how important it is to have a healthy diet pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy. But a lot of us forget that post-natal nutrition is also just as important. Here are my top Post Natal Nutrition Tips:
1. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is important. This is especially important if you are breastfeeding. Water is important to help produce breast milk. Breast milk is more than 70% water. It is recommended for a breastfeeding mother to increase her daily water intake. This increased hydration can come from other fluids and foods such as herbal teas and water-based foods such as soups. Just like during pregnancy, intakes of caffeinated beverages should be limited and alcoholic beverages should not be consumed.
2. Eat Regularly
Eating regularly is important when we are post-natal because our bodies need constant energy to get through the days and long nights. Due to lack of sleep, this energy has to come from our food. Eating regularly will ensure our bodies get the energy it needs to help us care for our babies; making breast milk. Eating regularly also helps us keep our hunger levels constant, stopping us from overindulging when we do eat. Eating 5 or 6 smaller meals may be more beneficial than eating 3 larger meals.
3. Don’t Worry About Losing Weight
I know for most mum’s losing weight the weight gained during pregnancy is on top of our priority lists. But don’t be in a rush to lose your pregnancy weight. Weight loss can affect our energy levels, our moods and affect the quality and production of our breast milk. Rather focus on eating a healthy and well balanced diet, and once you get the okay from your doctor, exercise which can be as simple as walking with your baby, can also be very beneficial.
Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.
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