Post Pregnancy Diet
In conversation with Dr Deepika Alva
MBBS, MS (OBG)
Being a mother is an amazing experience in life. When we look beyond ourselves, and dedicate each moment, our being, to the life growing within.
While in pregnancy, a carrying mother would choose the diet carefully. Because, the mom to be has to eat for the baby too.
Precisely why, after delivery, especially while nursing, the new mom need to be equally choosy about the diet. Because the mother needs to be healthy and energetic, to bring up the baby.
Post delivery, a nursing mom needs about 500 extra calories, beyond the suggested daily calories of 1,800 to 2,200 calories, depending on BMI, if the mother is breastfeeding more than one baby.
A new mom needs to restore health through eating, every meal, whole grains (rice or bread, oatmeal), while avoiding junk food, food high in salt, aerated beverages, food high in saturated fats and sugar.
Vital protein is pumped in by soy, egg, lean meat and eggs. While low fat diary will supply the daily needs of calcium.
While red meat and poultry could supply with the essential iron. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, flaxseed, soy, lentils, beans pods would supply your daily iron value.
Yet, it's always better to seek your doctor's opinion to get your new mom diet right.