8 Healthy Foods to Eat After Childbirth
By Angela Ilagan | | after pregnancy, baby and nutrition, Health, Mom's and Baby's health, Mom's health, Nutrition, postpartum nutrition, what to eat after giving birth
What you eat matters while pregnant and even after giving birth.
Nutrition plays a very important role in how your body recovers after labor and it will also help refuel your energy. Plus, if you're breastfeeding, what you consume is beneficial
to your baby's growth and development.
Eating a portion of nutritious food can also improve your milk production and it will help strengthen your stamina. For sure, you'll be needing extra strength and energy as days go by.
So, before you reach the pantry or order something online, you've probably missed Sushi, then thinks about your health and baby's health first.
Don't worry there are plenty of healthy dishes you can add to your daily nutritional plan. Here are 8 postpartum food;
1. Beans and Eggs
What's so great about beans, soy products, eggs, seafood, and lean meat is that these food are rich in protein. Food rich in protein can help your body to recover from giving birth.
Choline, which is a needed nutrient for moms and babies is also present in eggs.
2. Chicken soup
You've probably craved chicken soup when you have flu. But this warm and hearty meal can also do better after childbirth.
Chicken soup broth can help naturally replenish your body's electrolytes and can also hydrate your body since you sweat profusely during your delivery.
3. Oatmeal, top it with fruits
You probably still have no appetite after childbirth, so it's fine to go for meals that are easy to digest yet, still healthy.
Oatmeal is one of those meals you can rely on after giving birth as it may also help increase your milk supply. To make it healthier, top your oatmeal with nutritious fruits.
4. Seafood and seaweed
New moms tend to fall short of iodine in their daily meal intake. However, iodine is important in supporting a baby's body and brain development. And as a mom, you need at least 290 micrograms of iodine every day. And seafood and seaweed can provide you with a healthy amount of iodine. In addition to that, seaweed contains a good amount of iron as well.
If you're allergic to seafood, try yogurt and organic milk.
5. Food rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are known to contribute to better brain and eye health for newborns. So, don't forget to add food rich in fatty acids to your diet.
Choose fish that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, sardines, anchovies, and trout as these are low in mercury.
6. Beef Jerky and high protein food
Go ahead and pack in the protein with your favorite beef jerky once you gain your appetite back.
Lean meat like beef, beans, yogurt, chicken, fish, and turkey are good sources of protein which is vital for postpartum recovery.
7. Fruits and leafy greens
You probably know why fruits and green leafy vegetables are a must. Not just while pregnancy and after childbirth, but these food are totally essential.
Fruits like avocados, berries, kiwis, and apples are rich in collagen and anti-inflammatory compounds.
8. MoringaYou've probably lost a huge amount of blood and it seems you're too weak as you exerted too much energy during your delivery, so it's so important to eat food rich in iron, vitamins, and calcium.
And Moringa serves a complete nutrient your body needs as it contains a good amount of iron, calcium, protein, magnesium, vitamins, and minerals. More so, drinking moringa powder and also adding moringa leaves to your soup can help improve the quantity of your milk.
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