7 Nutritional MUST-DOs Postnatal Mamas
Updated: Apr 17, 2019
Alright mamas, let’s talk nutrition. Whether it’s your first baby or your tenth, we generally do a not-so-hot job of taking care of ourselves. I get it. Been there. But you do need to make sure you’re giving your body what it needs to take care of healing itself, giving you enough energy to power through those sleep-deprived times, and potentially feeding another human being.
Here are just a few suggestions to get you started:
1. Lots of fiber! This helps stabilize blood sugar and helps in the bathroom. Trust me on that one :)
2. Make sure you are eating. This sounds silly, but with a new baby and all kinds of sleep deprivation, you need to make sure you’re eating enough to take care of yourself.
3. If you are breast feeding, make sure you’re eating about 500 calories a day more than your normal maintenance calories. Eat a wide variety of foods to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need.
4. Protein!! Your body needs it to rebuild muscle and heal.
5. Iron is very important. You have lost blood in one way, shape, or form. Make sure to eat lots of iron-rich foods and check with your doctor about continuing your pregnancy supplementation.
6. Vitamin C is a great way to help your body heal and to get the upper hand on any infection. It absolutely NOT a treatment if you have an infection of any kind. If you suspect you do, please see your doctor ASAP!
7. Lastly but most importantly, FLUID! WATER! Drink a lot. And when you think you’re done, drink some more. Your body will need that fluid to heal, make milk, and keep you hydrated.
**Here’s a quick disclaimer: I’m NOT a doctor or a nutritionist. These are just some general suggestions from my experience and what I now as a trainer and scientist. Please, please consult your own doctor if you have any specific questions or concerns.
Coach Hannah Robertson - Head of Nutrition Coaching for Impact Training.
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
ISSA Certified Sports Nutrition
ISSA Certified Strength and Conditioning
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