Pregnancy / Childbirth

Postpartum diet


Congratulations!!!! You already have the expected toddler next to you. You've eaten all your pregnancy as prescribed for pregnant women and now you dream of reaching for everything that was forbidden. Or maybe you are in the group of those mothers who have gained too much during pregnancy and now they do not think about anything other than a new super diet, thanks to which they will quickly get rid of excess.
No matter which group you belong to, the good news is that diet in the puerperium allows much more freedom.

Diet after delivery

If you are breastfeeding, you need even more kcal than when you were pregnant. You can calculate your demand by adding 500 kcal to the energy demand that you needed to support your weight loss. If after 6 weeks of delivery you have not noticed weight loss, you can limit your kcal to 1,800 kcal, but definitely not less. If you are not breastfeeding, the days of your greater demand for kcal are over and it is time to take on the golden three: diet, exercise, regeneration.

You still have to be really and always principles of healthy eating:

  • carbohydrates: they are the basis of a good diet, they should come from whole grains like bread, cereal, macaroni, rice.
  • Limit fatty meats and fatty dairy products, the source of fat should be nuts, seeds, olive oil and vegetable oils.
  • Protein, an essential building block - reach for lean dairy products, lean meat and legumes.
  • Vegetables and fruits as the best source of vitamins and microelements everyday.
  • Drink water, about 8 glasses a day.

Time for physical activity, the birth of a child can be a difficult time for young mothers. Loaded with new responsibilities sometimes react badly, feel a decrease in mood or its hesitation. Sport is a great ally here: the brain reacts to it by increasing the level of endorphins responsible for a good mood. Maybe instead of a candy bar: a walk (your brain will receive it in the same way, and the figure will definitely gain on a walk).

Food and colic

We often deal with myths about how foods affect your baby's colic or allergies. Let's look at how much truth there is in them.

  • Does eating beans and other puffing products affect my baby's colic?

NO, gases are formed in the intestines, they cannot be passed on to a child with food. Researchers have not yet found any evidence of the effect of mothers eating swollen foods on colic in their children.
Two to six hours after eating a dish, it can affect the smell or taste of the food, if after that time your child refuses to suck the breast, grimace, downpour him or got colic, it is worth thinking about eliminating the product from the menu and observe for a few days or really the symptoms will go away.

  • When tired of colic, dairy products should be discontinued.

Most colic cases in children are not related to their mothers' diet.
Unfortunately, not everything you eat will well affect your baby's tummy. Babies are not allergic to food, but their mothers can sometimes be allergic to their diet. The most common allergens include: cow's milk (you can replace it with goat or vegetable), eggs, fish, citrus fruits, nuts and wheat (however, this does not apply to spelled wheat, you can replace ordinary spelled flour). If your child is allergic to a given food, you can check by eliminating allergy products one by one and observe if the symptoms disappear after rejection. If this happened, you found the culprit.

  • What to avoid while breastfeeding?
  1. alcohol, there is no specific safe dose for lactating women. Some scientists say that drinking one glass of wine can temporarily slow down the child's motor development.
  2. herbs, although natural are not always safe, they can be toxic, and the chemical components they contain can pass into food.
  3. Sugar substitutes - we do not know the long-term effect of this type of ingredients on the body, hence we do not depart from what has been proven.

For everyone who wants to get to the figure before pregnancy as soon as possible, be patient. You worked for weight gain for 9 months, give yourself the same amount to lose weight. There is nothing better than calmly gaining weight before pregnancy thanks to exercise, a well-chosen diet and the time you spend on recovery after the hardships of delivery.