I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl a few months back. During my pregnancy, I always thought that after the 9 month period, the ‘tough’ part will be over. Apart from taking care of my little one, I wouldn’t have much to do, right? I didn’t think twice about my own health and the impact that diet and exercise would have on it. Little did I know that getting the right nutrition as a new mom is just as important as it is during pregnancy.
Your body needs several nutrients to be able to recover and heal itself and if your body doesn’t get the required amount of nutrition, you will end up being tired and unhappy. Without the help of right nutrition, you’re looking at a long road of recovery ahead. But, what are the nutrients that should be part of your diet and how do you get them?
Carbohydrates provide energy to your body and brain. They should ideally form 45 to 60% of your daily calorie intake. But you should be very careful while choosing foods with carbohydrates. Foods like sugar contain simple carbohydrates that instantly increase your blood sugar levels. Fiber and starch, on the other hand are complex carbohydrates that provide steady energy for the whole day.
A few good sources of carbohydrates are oatmeal, whole grains, brown rice etc.
Your body goes through a lot during childbirth. Post-delivery, your muscles and bones need to be repaired and built back up and that’s where protein comes in. The amino acids present in protein act as building blocks for cells, tissues, muscles, skin and even hair.
On an average, you will need around 46 grams of protein per day and this can be obtained from foods like eggs, chicken, soya, seeds and legumes.
Most of us think of fat as something to be avoided at all costs - However, this is not the case at all. What you need to avoid are saturated fats (bad fats) whereas unsaturated fats need to be part of your diet because they help you stay healthy and also act as back up energy sources.
A few foods that are full of unsaturated fats are oils like sunflower oil and olive oil, nuts and seeds.
Vitamins A, B, C, D and E are all important for various reasons. Vitamin B complex in particular is essential for better absorption of iron and keeping you energized. Foods that are rich in vitamin B are whole grains, cauliflower, chicken and peanuts.
Vitamin D is also a must for new moms as it helps make bones stronger. You can get vitamin D from eggs, mushrooms, fish, milk and fortified cereals.
5. Other Micronutrients
Micronutrients are ones that are required in small quantities by our body, unlike carbohydrates, protein and fats. Important micronutrients are calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc and iron. These micronutrients are helpful for proper functioning of your body.
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