Top Tips For New Mothers
In the last 24 hours, I have had two separate messages celebrating the announcement of a new baby. So exciting (but also quite scary if we admit it)!
On a serious note though, we must not forget that childbirth is a huge thing for a woman’s body – not only that, but following birth a woman needs to provide vital nutrition to her baby. The most important nutrition a human will ever need. Antibodies, energy, and the whole spectrum of food groups are required to help a baby in its first few weeks, and indeed the rest of its life. It is more important than ever to eat well at this time.
Here are some top tips from the Honestly Healthy camp to help new mothers to make sure that they are doing all that they can for themselves and their new-born(s).
- Stay Hydrated
For those breastfeeding, it is vital to produce a good quantity of breast milk. Hydration is key - a dehydrated body will produce less milk. Make sure you take on lots of water-based drinks such as water with lemon or cucumber, or with mint and parsley. Green juices are also an excellent source of hydration and nutrition. Coconut water is great too – Jax Coco is amazing
2. To ensure that you are producing nourishing milk, make sure you are eating enough complex carbohydrates. There is a reason that new mothers crave cakes, biscuits and starch after birth. Listen to these cravings but try to keep them healthy. Quinoa salads, soups and hot dishes are a great source of complex carbohydrates while being filling and comforting. Buckwheat pancakes, muffins and noodles are other staples that will help you through. In addition, do eat any other alkaline grains such as brown and red Camargue rice, spelt, pearl barley and gluten free oats – HH granola bars
are a fantastic if you are craving something sweeter.
3. Foods rich in zinc are essential for ensuring that postnatal depression is avoided. Zinc is found in all whole grains, nuts and seeds and especially brown rice and red Camargue rice.
4. Magnesium is essential for preventing constipation – not something you would want to deal with following birth. All seasonal green leafy vegetables such as watercress, spinach, parsley, kale and chard contain magnesium. Baobab Powder is also a great source of magnesium (as well as iron, vitamin c and calcium) we love this one from Organic Burst – put it in your smoothies.
5. You will need plenty of iron rich food to prevent anaemia. Eat plenty of fresh apricots or our raw hemp granola bars as well as more green leafy vegetables.
In short, have at least one green leafy vegetable juice per day to help to keep you hydrated and provide you with vital sources of iron and magnesium. Have at least two portions of whole grains in healthy biscuits, breads or noodles per day. In addition, dishes such as our Red Rice and Beetroot Risotto
are quick and easy dishes, filled with vitamins minerals and fibre to give you some much needed energy.
Our home delivery service Fridge Fill
is fantastic for new mothers. Not only does it provide top nutrition but everything is prepared and waiting for you in the fridge – this means more minutes can be spent relaxing. Phew!