New Mums - how do you restart your eating habits?
For all you new mums out there, you’ve probably realised by now what a tiring business being a new mum is!
A good, varied and balanced diet will help to make sure you have the energy and nutrients needed to fuel the hard work being a new mum entails!
You don’t need to eat anything special, nor do you need to eat a lot more food than normal, just a healthy range of foods, including plenty of fruit and veg, starchy carbohydrates (such as bread, pasta, rice, breakfast cereals), protein foods (e.g. lean meat, fish, eggs, beans and pulses), and dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurts, etc.). You should also make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids – at least 1.2litres per day is recommended (6-8 glasses) - and the advice to always have a drink beside you when you sit down to breastfeed is a really good idea.
Make sure you avoid eating too many foods which are high in sugar, such as chocolate, cakes, biscuits and fizzy drinks. Although they will give your body an instant energy rush when you eat them, after a short while your blood sugar levels will drop, and with them your energy levels too. This can make you feel irritable, more tired and lethargic. Although these sugary foods might be very tempting, keep them as a special treat and when you need something sweet, eat some fruit instead.
Next time, I’ll be talking about the foods that you’ve enjoyed as an energy boost and what foods you should avoid whilst breastfeeding.
Best wishes! - Helen
After Baby is born...
For those of you that have recently had your baby – Congratulations! Of course you’ve got plenty of things to be thinking about now that your baby’s arrived, but it’s really important that you give some thought to what foods you are eating.
29% of respondents from our HiPP Baby Club Survey said they felt more hungry as a new mum, so I would try and keep a selection of healthy snacks to hand to keep yourself ticking over between meals.
Recently, we have been working on a range of recipe booklets for mums-to-be, new mums, babies and toddlers. When
I was looking for recipes for the new mums’ recipe book I really tried to concentrate on keeping the recipes quick and easy to prepare and full of nutritious organic ingredients so that I could be confident that they would supply lots of wholesome nourishment.
If you would like a copy of this recipe book or any of the others in the series join the HiPP Baby Club and we’ll be sure to send one out to you.
Best wishes! - Helen
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Pregnancy and healthy eating
I’m really getting quite excited about this new blog of mine! It was great to hear back from you all about your own experiences on the last post and I’m hoping I can pass onto you all some really useful nutritional advice!
As I mentioned to you in my last post, we recently did a survey with the HiPP Baby Club members and one of the first questions we asked pregnant mothers was ‘Are you following any guidelines on what you should eat during pregnancy?’ Half of the respondents said they have only followed some of the guidelines and have been quite relaxed about their diets, whilst just over a quarter said they have followed their natural instincts on what they should be eating. This left less than a quarter saying they have followed the guidelines religiously. This got me thinking, are health professionals like myself and the Government overloading mums-to-be with advice on what to eat/not to eat during pregnancy and if we were to prioritise, what are the most important bits of dietary advice for pregnant mums?
I believe, and I’m sure you will all agree, that as a parent the most important thing always is to make sure your baby is safe. For this reason I would say that you should definitely follow the advice to avoid certain foods on food safety grounds e.g. raw meat/eggs, unpasteurised cheese, certain fish. Why not download a copy of our Foods to avoid card from our Baby Club that gives a ready-reckoner on what foods you should not eat during your pregnancy.
On top of that, I would definitely recommend that mums-to-be should eat as wide a variety of different foods as possible to make sure they get all the nourishment mum and baby needs. And of course, there are folic acid supplements that are so important in the early stages of pregnancy, vitamin D supplements important for some........so the list goes on!
But remember the advice that is given is based on the most up-to-date knowledge and as a health professional I hope you mums feel able to take on board as much of this advice as possible, for your own benefit and to help ensure your baby can get the best start in life as possible.
Let me know what you think – are health professionals like me and the Government giving the best dietary advice to pregnant mums?
Best wishes - Helen
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