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The Importance Of Postpartum Nutrition

Shocked by that fact!? I know I was the first time I learned about it! Something I am equally as socked by, is the lack of emphasis put on nutrition postpartum. It seems rather strange that nutrition postpartum is often overlooked.

Shouldn't nutrition be top priority in the postpartum period ? Not only our are bodies heal thing from birth, but they are also providing nutrition to our babies(if you are breastfeeding). Not to mention preforming all the regular functions they normally would. Yet somehow the idea of hospital food, greasy casseroles and takeout meals are the norm for feeding moms postpartum.

I think we can do better. New moms need clean, filling and nutritious food, period. An abundance of veggies, fruit, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds are ideal fuel for a healing body. Foods high in fibre, low in sodium and high in complex carbohydrates should be the prescribed diet.

If you or someone you know is going to be having a baby soon, here are some tips to help focus on nutrition.

Don't depend on the hospital for your meals- Hospitals have some of the worst food around. You would think they would offer the most nutrient rich food possible, but sadly the food they typically offer is over processed and lacking in fibre.

Don't trust your great Aunt Jeanine's greasy casserole either- Often times good intentions from family and friends don't aid in providing optimal nutrition for new moms. Remember that your digestion is normally disrupted during probably want to avoid any foods that might further hinder it.

Consume Whole Foods- Make eating as much colour possible your goal. Flooding your body with fruits and veggies will offer the most nutrients to your body as possible.

Hydrate- Drink water, fresh juices and smoothies. This will help you rehydrate from breastfeeding and also keep your digestion moving. Smoothies are also a great way to pack in nutrition without taking up too much of your time. If you have the choice between takeout and a smoothie....go for the smoothie. Just be sure to make smoothies that will be meal replacements calorie rich.

Calories are your friend- Do not be focused on weight loss and start restricting your calories . You need the extra energy to heal and keep up with baby. Especially if you are breastfeeding. Eat when you are hungry , you want to fuel your body ...not starve it. Just be sure to choose whole real foods when hunger strikes.

Finally, do not be afraid to advocate for yourself and tell your healthcare provider or family and friends that nutritious food is part of your birth plan. You just ran the biggest marathon of your deserve the best fuel available!

Check out my printable postpartum planner HERE to help get you fully prepared for postpartum!

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