A woman undergoes many changes during pregnancy, as well as with the birth of her baby. There is a need for her to heal and recover from pregnancy and childbirth, which is a quite long process. The weight gained in pregnancy helps build stores for your recovery and for breastfeeding. After delivery, all mothers need to eat well so that they can be healthy and active and able to care for their baby.
Problems that a New Mother can Encounter
New mothers can face the following postnatal problems.
• Issues related to feeding the child
• Poor or inadequate feeding for the infant
• Pain or infection in stitches or scars, in case of cesarean baby
• Incontinence of urine and stools
• Possibility of urine infections
• Bleeding problems
• Problems of depression and emotional instability
Although these problems do not sound good, do not worry, most of them are curable.
Apart from these, whether they breastfeed or formula feed, all mothers need to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Most lactation experts recommend that breastfeeding mothers should eat when they are hungry. But many mothers may be so tired or busy that food gets forgotten. So, it is essential to plan simple and healthy meals.
The following are some nutritious foods that a mother should intake after delivery.
Foods that are made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain are grain products. Examples include whole wheat, brown rice, and oatmeal.
Vary your vegetables. Choose a variety of vegetables, including dark green, red, and orange vegetables, legumes (peas and beans), and starchy vegetables.
Any fruit or 100 percent fruit juice counts as part of the fruit group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.
Milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group. Focus on fat-free or low-fat products, as well as those that are high in calcium.
Go lean on protein. Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry. Vary your protein routine–choose more fish, nuts, seeds, peas, and beans.
Oils are not a food group, yet some, such as nut oils, contain essential nutrients and can be included in the diet. Others, such as animal fats, are solid and should be avoided.
Savories made out of sesame seeds, dry nuts, fenugreek seeds/leaves, garlic, drumsticks & carom seeds are given to new mothers to increase milk supply. Edible gum cooked with dry nuts and wheat is given to strengthen the back and the reproductive organs post delivery. Fresh cow’s milk is given first thing in the morning to enhance the quality of the new mother’s milk.
Exercise and everyday physical activity should also be included with a healthy dietary plan.