The Postpartum Diet Plan That’ll Help You Recover

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A dietician breaks down how you should adjust your diet right after giving birth.

It might be tempting, but going on an extreme diet in hopes of losing pregnancy weight is not the way to go. (And, it’s worth mentioning that you shouldn’t feel like you need to lose weight right away.) When you’re adjusting to life with a new baby, the last thing you need is to throw off your body with major restrictions. Don’t let food worries add to your stress and sleepless nights as you adjust to your new schedule. Instead, eat these foods to stay fueled, nourished, and encourage recovery. (Related: Everything You Should Know About Postpartum Weight Loss)

Spread Your Meals Throughout the Day

The key to your energy isn’t just how much (or little) you sleep each night. What’s on your plate also plays a part. “One of the main things a healthy diet can do is give new moms energy,” says Kathy McManus, R.D., director of the department of nutrition at Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston. “It’s important to spread food throughout the day so that you get an even amount of calories. This will give you lasting power to take care of your baby and yourself.”

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