Let's Talk About Why Postpartum Nutrition is Important
- Just like those nine months of pregnancy, aim for smaller meals throughout the day. Fruits, nuts, smoothies, juices, oats, yogurt are all healthy snack options that can keep your energy levels going and squash those hunger pangs. Fruit and vegetable salads are a great source of fiber and are filled with all the essential vitamins.
- Never miss breakfast. Begin your day with a wholesome breakfast even if you feel like the only thing you want to do is sleep. Having my mom during those first few weeks was the biggest blessing as she forced me to eat a (rather large) healthy breakfast before my energy levels faded quickly.
- Rest and exercise are an important part of your diet as well. I never did both. Looking back I feel I could have misinterpreted them and assumed that they were quite impossible during those first months. Rest! This means exactly what it is. Although it may see like there are a million things to do and your phone will certainly tempt, you must take every precious moment to sleep whenever you can. Exercise can be a simple walk in the garden with your baby. It can work wonders for your mind and body.
- Never stop or forget to take any vitamins prescribed by your gynecologist. Motherhood might seem like there's never a minute free to do something for you. I urge you to never forget about yourself because those vitamins are vital to counter several changes in your body after childbirth.