Mother’s Day Special: Mini Guide to Manage Healthy Diet For New Moms And Their Babies
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When you become a mother, you start on a new and beautiful path. It is one-of-a-kind and beautiful. Mothers are always running around caring for their kids, and new moms care too much about feeding and caring for their young children. Hence we are presenting some tips on healthy diet for new moms and babies.
Even with all this love and care, they do something to hurt their health, and that’s not okay, moms! How can the bodywork at its best if it isn’t getting the right food? How will moms be able to take care of everyone else if their health isn’t good?
A healthy diet is very important for new moms because it helps them get better after giving birth and helps their babies grow and develop. Doctors say it’s important to eat well during this time so that both mom and baby get the nutrients they need to heal, make milk, and be healthy overall.
Ms. B. Vijaya, M.Sc. in dietetics and food service management at Apollo Cradle and Children’s Hospital in Jayanagar, Bangalore, talked to us about Mother’s Day and why all new moms need to eat well. She talked about how important good food is and gave new moms tips on living healthier lives.
Healthy Diet for New Moms and Babies
Taking a balanced and healthy diet is essential for new moms and babies. We are giving 6 important tips here.
1. Eat a Balanced Diet
Eating a wide range of nutrient-dense foods daily, such as lean protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, and lots of fruits and veggies, is important. Eating at least three servings of fruits, five servings of vegetables daily, and whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes are suggested.
2. Get enough Protein
Protein is important for muscle growth and repair, and women who are breastfeeding need more protein than women who are not breastfeeding. Lean meats, fish, eggs, dairy products, beans, nuts, and seeds are all great protein sources.
3. Include Healthy Fats
Healthy fats are important for brain development and might make mothers feel full and pleased after meals. Many healthy fats, like bananas, nuts, and oily seeds, are good for you.
4. Watch Portion Sizes
Overeating can make you gain weight and cause other health problems, so new moms should watch how much they eat and eat slowly so they can tell when they are full.
5. Choose Nutrient-dense Snacks
The key to maintaining your energy levels throughout the day is choosing snacks rich in vitamins and minerals. Fresh fruit, raw veggies with hummus, nuts and seeds, or a hard-boiled egg are all good choices.
6. Consider any Dietary Restrictions
If a new mom can’t eat certain foods because of an allergy or intolerance, she should talk to her doctor or a trained dietitian about making a meal plan that works for her. They can help them find better options and ensure they get all the necessary nutrients.
Few Lifestyle Tweaks
Changing the lifestyle is equally important, like a balanced and healthy diet for new moms. What are the ways? How to change your lifestyle? Read below.
1. Stay Hydrated
Breastfeeding moms need to drink water to keep making milk and stay hydrated. Water, milk, and 100% fruit juice are all good options, but avoiding sugary drinks and coffee is best, which can stop your body from making milk.
2. Take a Multivitamin
Taking a multivitamin daily can help ensure new moms get all the vitamins and minerals they need to get better and help their babies grow and develop. This shouldn’t be done without the advice of a doctor.
3. Do Not Skip Meals
If you skip meals, your blood sugar can drop, making you tired, dizzy, and headaches. Moms who just had a baby should try to eat healthy meals and snacks throughout the day to keep their energy up and help their bodies heal and improve.
4. Avoid Processed Foods
Processed foods often have a lot of calories, sugar, and fats that are bad for your health. This can make you gain weight and cause other health problems. Instead, it’s better to choose whole, nutrient-dense foods to give the body the power it needs to heal and get better.
5. Limit Added Sugars
Candies, soda, and baked goods with a lot of extra sugar can make you gain weight and cause other health problems. They should try to limit how much of these foods they eat and instead choose naturally sweet foods like fresh fruit.
6. Prioritise Sleep
Sleep is important for both your physical and mental health. When you don’t get enough sleep, you might make bad food choices and eat too much. Moms who just had a baby should try to get as much sleep as possible, and if they can’t, they should talk to their doctor for help.
In conclusion, new women need to eat well. Eating a balanced diet with a range of nutrient-dense foods, staying hydrated, getting enough protein and healthy fats, avoiding processed foods, and taking a daily multivitamin can help the baby grow and the mother heal. If a new mother has questions or worries about her diet, she should talk to her doctor or a registered dietitian.