Nutrition might seem like a low priority when you have a new baby, but eating well can help give you the energy you need right now.
Healthy eating for new parents
For someone so small, your baby will manage to take up a lot of your time, and most parents find that eating well is the very last thing on their minds.
If you have to rely more on ready-prepared foods or hastily thrown-together meals for a little while, don’t worry about it – just try to add some organic fruit and vegetable snacks wherever possible to help you stay strong and healthy. After all, you need plenty of energy and nutrition to help you meet the demands of that new little person you've brought home!
Here are the dietary building blocks that will help keep you feeling good:
- Slow-release carbohydrates, like wholemeal bread, porridge, brown rice and pasta, will give you long-term energy and keep you going all day. (Bonus: the fibre they contain will help ward off the dreaded postnatal constipation!)
- Unsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil and avocadoes, keep you satisfied for longer and are great for healthy skin and hair.
- Protein from lean meats, lentils, fish and eggs will help your body recover from the stress of childbirth – and if you're breastfeeding, you'll benefit from getting even more of this important nutrient.
- Fruits and vegetables are essential to make sure you're getting the vitamins and minerals you need – and choosing organic whenever possible is a great idea, particularly if you're breastfeeding. Organic foods have to meet strict regulations - no artificial additives, or processing chemicals. They're made from naturally good ingredients grown without chemical pesticides, nitrates, growth hormones or other unwanted extras. Best of all, they taste great!
Keep up the fluid intake
If you got into the habit of drinking lots of water during your pregnancy, good for you – keep it up now that your baby's here!
Drinking plenty of fluids will help your body flush out the extra water you retained during pregnancy, and it's especially important if you're breastfeeding. After all, that milk is mostly made from the water you drink! As a rule of thumb, it's a good idea to drink a big glass of water during every feed, and top up with other liquids like soup, juice, milk or tea in between feeds.