The Best Diet to Follow as You Step Into Motherhood
Congratulations, your nine-months-long wait is finally over! Your baby is here and we’re sure they are attended to with your best care and full attention. But wait, aren’t you forgetting something? What about yourself?
Once you have given birth, you encounter a major shift in your daily life. Not only to take care of yourself, but you are also responsible for your little one. You might worry about baby development, feel weak in the postpartum period and mentally break down when things easily make you feel tired. Many things are unusual to you and here are some tips on how your postnatal diet matters.
If you are going to breastfeed your baby, the diet will play a critical role in ensuring a smooth experience for both you and your baby. At this point, it would be best if you could still eat like you are ‘eating for two’ as the nutrients you consume will be passed down to your baby. The right foods can improve your milk quality and quantity, which can largely contribute to your baby’s good health and development.
Remember, you will also need extra calories to maintain your milk supply! You can also focus on taking more of the right confinement food for breastfeeding such as garlic, ginger, and papaya. Give more attention to the food you eat as there is a likelihood of baby allergies.
Alcohol and Caffeine
It is better to cut down your consumption of alcohol and caffeine. But if you cannot, you need to take note that it takes about 2 hours for the alcohol to be metabolized after having one drink. Also, the caffeine peaks 1 -2 hours in your breastmilk and more than 1 or 2 servings of caffeine per day may affect the mood or sleeping quality of your baby. Hence, it is advised to breastfeed your baby 2 hours after you have 1 drink of alcohol or caffeine.
That said, you might want to control your intake of alcohol and caffeine as they are going to affect your baby.
After giving birth, you might be feeling especially weakened due to postpartum wound, bleeding complications and you may be fatigued due to the anaemia. This is even more so when you are a new mom and you are giving extra care and attention to your newborn. Other symptoms include postpartum swelling and hair fall. Taking enough rest is essential but another way to deal with it is your diet.
You would need to look for the food that can boost your energy and strengthen your body parts. Broth soup and food with protein and collagen are great choices! In case you have no way to start, here are some typical foods that can provide great support.
Chicken soup is a great source for physical recovery and it is not too heavy for the healing journey. Chicken is rich in collagen and it would aid in joint support and tissue repair. The broth is hydrating and salty to replenish the electrolytes. Especially if you are going to breastfeed, your body would require more fluid than non-breastfeeding moms.
Vinegar Pork Trotter
It is a good source to strengthen and restore your body. For example, it can strengthen your hair structure, thereby controlling the hair fall. It is also believed to purify your blood and enhance your energy which we called as “Qi”. Similar to chicken, the pork trotter is rich in collagen and protein which help to firm the skin.
Red Dates Tea
Red dates tea will be your reliable companion along your recuperate period especially when you are experiencing postpartum swelling. It can happen when there is a build-up of excess fluid throughout the ten months of pregnancy and the IV fluid during the epidural or cesarean. Not only can alleviate water retention, but it also boosts your blood circulation and immune system, thereby assisting you to sooner recover from the weakened status.
Other than physical weakening, some mother might undergo emotional breakdown once entering the motherhood. Everyone adapts to motherhood differently, but most of the moms will feel sad and anxious, which is sometimes called “baby blues”. These are completely normal because you are entering a new phrase.
But if the feeling lingers, you may be experiencing postpartum depression. These can be alleviated through exercise, seeking support, as well as diet. There are some foods served to raise your mood and you can include them in your meal.
Salmon, Organic Eggs, Wholegrains
Salmon serves as the mood booster and it is a great source for breastfeeding as the large amount of DHA it contains is important for the development of the baby’s nervous system. On the other hand, organic eggs are packed with protein, vitamin D and B vitamins which are the sources of mood regulation. Last but not least, the whole grain is known as the “happy chemical”. Not only is the natural mood stabilizer, but it also keeps your energy and blood sugar. Including these ingredients in your meal after giving birth might help to ease the feeling of anxiety and depression.
The period after giving birth is so essential for your body recovery and your baby’s development. Understandably, you may have questions like what ingredients are best for breastfeeding, and what is the ideal Chinese confinement diet, or whether you can eat chicken after delivery.
As a confinement food caterer teamed up with a nutritionist, you can put your mind at ease knowing that our meals are specially catered for mothers in confinement who seek a healthy boost to their recovery and lactation! Our menu comprises both traditional and fusion dishes so you do not have to be worried about eating the same foods over and over again.