Nutrition Tips for Mothers Post-Delivery

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At the physical level, a mother undergoes many changes during pregnancy and also with the birth of her baby. This makes it important for her to heal and recover from pregnancy and childbirth. During this time, all mothers require a healthy diet to support healing and recovery.

Following are some tips to help you select a healthy diet after child birth.

As mentioned here, mothers post-delivery should eat whenever they are hungry but many mothers get so tired that they forget about the food. Therefore, to make this simple, experts suggest planning healthy meals that include choices from all food groups.

Experts have divided food into five food group categories, emphasizing the nutritional intake of the following:

Grains

Vegetables

Fruits

Dairy

Protein

Most mothers want to lose their pregnancy weight as soon as possible, but strict dieting and rapid weight loss can harm your health and your baby's if you are breastfeeding. It can take quite a few months for a mother to lose the weight that was gained during pregnancy. But don’t worry too much about that since breastfeeding will require quite a few calories. As long as you eat healthy, and exercise, it’s good for you and the baby.

References:
  1. Stanford Children's Health. The New Mother - Taking Care of Yourself After Birth. Cited 2016 May 5. Available from: http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=the-new-mother---taking-care-of-yourself-after-birth-90-P02693.
  2. NHS. The Pregnancy Book Your complete guide to: A healthy pregnancy Labour and childbirth The first weeks with your new baby. Cited 2016 May 5. Available from: https://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/wp-content/.../Pregnancy_Book_comp.pdf.