In my grandmother’s time it was simple, the postpartum diet of the woman who just had a baby was the basis of a lot of soup and hominy. It was said that these foods increased milk, but anyway, it was not scientifically proven, but that they helped, helped! Nowadays the postpartum diet is much healthier and we know that the more natural the better, so the nutrients suitable for milk and baby grow strong and healthy.
In addition to doing good for milk, the most appropriate diet for the parturient can help with weight loss and prevent the baby from having less colic than normal. The postpartum diet should have about 400 calories more than the usual daily intake to adequately supply the need for more fat for the baby’s milk, but these calories should be ingested from good calorie foods like vegetables, legumes , lean meats, fish and poultry.
Feeding and postpartum care also plays an important role in addition to breastfeeding , in the immediate postpartum it has the role of recovering all minerals and vitamins that you may have lost with blood loss during childbirth, hence the importance of including foods rich in iron such as broccoli , cabbage and liver in case of cesarean section.
If food 3 in 3 hours and take lots of water and natural juices is necessary to facilitate the hydration of the body and milk production. The parturient must also have a more balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, meat and proteins, avoiding fried foods and saturated fats.
To help prevent baby colic, foods such as beans, eggs, soft drinks, coffee, cabbage, chocolate, peanuts and excess milk should be avoided. Of course, good fats like those from cashew nuts, Brazil nuts, nuts and others are welcome, they contain amino acids that are perfect for preventing diseases in the mother and baby.
For women who retain a lot of fluid, the postpartum diet can also help deflate, the amount of salt should be changed as much as the woman can eat less salt better. And for skin recovery in the postpartum period, foods that contain substances that promote skin elasticity such as gelatin, and beef muscle in soups can help a lot in the process of “wiping out” the belly that extended during pregnancy.
Seafood and rare foods must still be avoided at this stage, avoiding and reducing the risk of contamination during breastfeeding is essential. One of the secrets also to get back to the body from before beyond the postpartum diet is to be patient, remember that your body took 9 months for the change and it can take up to 6 months for the body to return as before pregnancy. Normally in the postpartum period, the woman can give strength with exercises, but only after the doctor’s release to exercise.
The amount of weight you gain in pregnancy can be lost quickly in the postpartum period and you know how? Breastfeeding! Let your little one suck a lot and suck a lot, along with breastfeeding the remaining pounds of delivery go.
In addition to the postpartum diet, the intestinal flow must be monitored, the chances of the woman getting dry stools are high and very common to happen. Foods that favor and release the intestine such as papaya and plum are welcome. Can candy? Yes, of course, but as everything should be in moderation.
Enjoy this phase, it goes very fast! To the next!
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.