Postpartum Power Foods!
Hello mamas! Now that your new precious baby is finally here you might be wondering what you should be eating to care for YOU + your baby. After all there were SO many food rules to follow while you were growing your little one! Luckily, many of the restrictions no longer apply once baby makes his/her appearance. BUT that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be paying close attention to what you are putting into your body!
Postpartum nutrition is absolutely vital, mama! Today we are highlighting the following power foods because they are good sources of health promoting vitamins and minerals that support:
YourINCREDIBLEpostpartum body – I mean really you just created and birthed a human! Recognize how amazing that is!
A breastfeeding baby’s growth and development.
So, without further ado, here are our Postpartum Power Food Picks:
Lean Proteins like chicken breast and lean beef pack a powerful nutritional punch! Protein plays a critical role in helping your body heal after childbirth. It also helps regulate bodily functions like fluid balance and supplies your body with energy. And let’s be honest, you need all the energy you can get with those newborn nights!
DHA rich fish such as salmon, trout and tuna– Not only are these fish high in DHA which promotes mom’s cardiovascular health and baby’s brain and visual development they are also a great low-fat source of protein, essential vitamins (A, B, and D) and minerals like iron.
Whole Grains, unlike refined grains, regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol, support digestion and supply your body with important nutrients like fiber, folate and iron and immune protecting phytochemicals. We especially lovesteel cut oats andquinoa!
Eggs, often overlooked, are a good source of choline which is important for the development of baby’s nervous system and memory center, as well as for controlling mom’s inflammation.
Dark Leafy Greens provide much needed calcium to promote mom’s bone and tooth health, aid in muscle relaxation and assist in the transmission of nerve impulses. Not to mention all of the awesome phytochemicals that support the health of your gorgeous eyes, skin, strong bones and boost that immune system!
Although the following two are not foods they are SUPER important for your postpartum body:
Watermight be an obvious one but we would be silly to not mention how it is absolutely necessary for you to make sure you’re drinking enough.
Sunshine–Spending 15-20 minutes per day in the sun will help your body make Vitamin D which you and baby need for bone health and immune function. Mommy tip: You don’t have to risk burning to maintain Vitamin D levels, so be sure to put your sunscreen on! Check out one of our favoritesunscreens here! If you are not sure that you can make it outside enough aVitamin D Supplementis a good backup.
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