Post-Labor Recovery Plan – Food Essentials

Post Labor Recovery Plan

Eating well right after the birth of your baby means meeting certain objectives. Your diet should help your body to heal, replenish physical resources depleted during delivery, and support your normal weight loss after delivery. Older women have often met with some obstacles during the birth of their babies and therefore need to follow their care provider’s advice closely.

Continue prenatal supplements
Most women should continue to take their prenatal supplements, at least for several weeks after the arrival of their babies. You may also benefit from an individualized regimen of vitamin and mineral supplementation. Ask your care provider for advice.

Add iron-rich foods for energy Even a vaginal birth results in to sing about a pint (300 -500ml) of blood, and significant blood loss can cause decreased energy. Adding iron-rich foods to your diet can restore the oxygen-carrying capacity of your blood and. with it, your energy level. Good sources of iron include red meat, green leafy vegetables, and iron enriched breads and cereals.

Include vitamin C for wound healing
Women with perineal tears, episiotomies, or those who have undergone a cesarean delivery all have significant local tissue damage. Vitamin C is helpful for optimal wound healing during the first weeks after giving birth to your baby. Vitamin C is abundantly available in fruits, vegetables, and juices.

Support natural weight loss
Smaller, more frequent meals benefit your body’s natural ability to shed some of the no-longer-needed pregnancy weight. Research indicates that women who don’t lose their pregnancy weight within the first few months after giving birth still carry that weight years later. This is an especially applicable consideration for mature moms who may have a slower metabolism.

Reward yourself with some comfort food
The huge life change you are experiencing right now, combined with hormonal fluctuations, can make you crave your favorite comfort food. Often these emotionally soothing foods do not rank high on the nutritional scale. Making these foods a regular but modest component of your diet prevents you from hinging in response to sudden cravings and encourages you to count them as part of your daily caloric intake. In this way, you can gently indulge but maintain control.

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