**Disclaimer: This blog in about a personal experience and not by a health professional. Please keep in context about any food allergies and carefully choose your diet.
Pregnancy is a journey for a mother and the little one new in this world. By my personal experience I can tell, Your body is experiencing so many new changes like hormones , loose belly, breast milk and list goes on.
My journey of being healthier postpartum and recovering from C-section was a long journey. Eating right was one of the way to get through the healing process.
Here are 10 foods that foods that are beneficial post pregnancy, try to include them in regular basis of your diet.
Ghee has incredible healing properties. It consists of fat soluble vitamins, which aid weight loss post pregnancy. Ghee contains good fats, carbs and proteins, the three macro-nutrients that are essential for sustaining a healthy diet. It has all the nutrients for body as well as skin. Apply ghee over your stretch marks for better results.
2. Tender coconut
Tender coconut water (nariyal pani) is one of the richest sources of electrolytes. It is high in chlorides, potassium and magnesium and has a moderate amount of sugar, sodium and protein. A highly recommended for breastfeeding mothers, coconut water is a wonder tonic that provides a burst of energy to you and your baby and even supplies him with vital lauric acid.
3. Soya chunks
Soya chunks are low in saturated fat and high in protein, vitamin C, and folate. They are also a good source of fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamin B1.
*Try it first and see if it suits your baby, i.e. if he is colic as you breast feed.
4. Bajra (pearl millet)
Bajra (pearl millet) is full of calcium, iron, good crabs and fiber which is essential for a nursing mother. It helps to prevent constipation and controls blood sugar levels. Full of vitamins and minerals, Bajra has numerous therapeutic properties. As it is high in fiber and also contains Vitamin B, it helps to prevent the risk of heart diseases.
Oats are abundant in nutrients, it’s a super food when it comes to helping a woman’s milk supply. Oats have iron in it which also is a must for breastfeeding mothers and helps promote milk supply. It has soothing effects while eating it can also help lower stress levels.
6. Sweet potato
Sweet potato is one of the perfect postpartum foods a new mom should have. Its tasty and you can have it as a quick snack before nursing your li’l one. Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. It also contains anti-oxidants which promotes healthy immune system and protection from chronic illnesses.
Green leafy vegetables especially spinach are excellent non-dairy source of calcium and vitamins. Spinach is rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K, magnesium, folate, potassium, iron, and copper. It is also a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, and flavonoids. Its really amazing not only for you but also for your baby as well.
Fishes that are more rich in fats like Salmon and tuna is highly recommended for new moms. Fishes are the major source of Omega 3, Fatty Acids, vitamins and nutrients, like EPA, DHA and vitamin D. Fishes are also rich in iodine, magnesium, iron and copper, all of which play a huge role in the development of your child. It is proven that Omega 3 also help in the development of the nervous system of your baby. So, fish is a definite yes during the time of post pregnancy and to enhance lactation.
*note: Please check the fish you consume, do not eat the ones that contain high mercury.
9. Sprouted mung beans
Sprouted mung beans is power packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. All these are very beneficial when your body goes through birth process. Mung beans are high in nutrients and antioxidants, which provides many health benefits for mom and baby. Include it in your diet in balanced quantity and consume it after steaming them as raw may contain bacteria.
Honey is power pack of antioxidants. It also contains fructose, carbohydrates and amino acids. Honey also have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, it helps in healing mild throat infection without medication. It also has properties to improve digestion and stomach issues. Honey is good for skin and gives you extra glow postpartum!
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