You know that body that has spent the last 40 weeks growing another human? The one that’s now subjected to multiple wake-ups per night and might be a baby’s sole source of nutrition for up to six months? That body needs support. And the good news is, there are a bunch of delicious (and nourishing) foods that you can scarf down to give yourself a boost after giving birth. Here are our top five.
There’s no such thing as a perfect food, but salmon is pretty darn close. And it’s great for people who have just given birth, because of high levels of DHA. This magical fat can help lift your mood post-birth and there are studies that show it may help to prevent postpartum depression.
Not only that, breastfed babies will benefit from salmon. DHA is crucial for the development of your baby’s nervous system. It’s already in your breast milk, but eating salmon regularly can lead to higher levels of DHA in your milk.
The most versatile of all foods, eggs are an affordable, easy way to meet your daily protein needs. In fact, eggs are what’s called a complete protein, which means they contain all nine essential amino acids required to build and repair protein tissues in the body. Not only that, they’re a source of vitamins b12 and D, riboflavin and folate. Eggs are an easy addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner — and they’ll keep you going during the postpartum period.
High levels of iron and calcium make leafy greens the postpartum superfood that just won’t quit. Giving birth is hard on the body, particularly if you’ve had a lot of bleeding. And people with postpartum anemia are at higher risk of postnatal depression, exhaustion, reduced quality and quantity of breast milk and increased risk of UTIs.
For the most benefits, choose the greenest greens — think kale, Swiss chard and spinach. Throw a handful into your smoothie, sautee them into a rice dish, or mix up a nourishing salad to make the postpartum period a little bit easier.
Whole grains are an important part of the whole family’s diet. That’s because they provide vitamins and minerals that help keep you healthy, as well as dietary fibre. Whole wheat bread also contains folic acid, which is crucial to your baby’s development.
If you’re breastfeeding, your baby will benefit from the whole grains in your diet — and it’s crucial that you eat enough for your own well-being, too.
Whole grains can be added to any meal. Start at breakfast with a whole grain breakfast cereal, oatmeal or whole-wheat toast. At dinner time, consider brown rice, quinoa or whole wheat pasta for an ultra-filling, tasty meal.
The postpartum period can be very hard on new parents. That’s why it’s important to keep the immune system strong. And while you might not feel like frying up a heap of mushrooms after birth, powdered medicinal mushrooms can be added to any food or drink to help keep you going.
Our 6-Blend contains all of the mushrooms you need to keep you feeling as good as possible during the postpartum period — and they’re safe for breastfeeding parents, too. Be sure to speak to your doctor before deciding to take supplements, and do your best to take care of yourself as well as your bub!