From Katherine Kimber, Registered dietitian,
If you check out Google you can find a lot of information on what to / shouldn’t eat after having a baby and especially how to lose pregnancy weight. From taking green juices, powders, splashes, and nutritional supplements to news about burning calories, cutting “belly fat”, and reducing cravings.
While many of these products are inaccessible, expensive, and unnecessary, the message that we need to “fix” our body after pregnancy can preoccupy and fix your weight and body. It’s also not evidence-based as data doesn’t support the idea that breastfeeding actually reduces weight over the long term.
Our body is constantly working to defend our natural target weight. Diet and restriction can not only undermine our own ability to regulate our needs through intuitive eating, but they can also make us feel more exhausted and exhausted. This can decrease the milk supply, increase the risk of infection, and increase the time it takes to heal and repair.
Dietitian answer “There is no such thing as perfect nutrition.” Just follow these tips
Take the pressure off.
For many, social pressures to lose weight after pregnancy is the last thing needed to figure out what caring for a human baby and your own self-sufficiency are like.
And the good news is, you don’t need to do anything special about your diet after pregnancy to stay nourished! Here are some gentle diet tips (not rules) that might help:
Honor your hunger
Allowing yourself to get excessively hungry can trigger natural, intense cravings that often lead to unintended binge eating. Not eating enough during the day could be a reason to experience the night Desire.
Hunger can manifest itself not only in the stomach, but also in the
- Your mood (tired, hungry, bad mood)
- Energy levels
- Head (concentration, headache, dizziness, thinking about food) and
- Whole body (wobbly).
It can be more difficult to check in with your natural hunger signals when you are sleep deprived and your hormones are trying to re-calibrate. It is normal for hunger cravings to appear every 3-4 hours. So if you have any doubts or problems, try to aim for regular meals and snacks at such intervals.
Drink to thirst, have fluids ready, especially if you are breastfeeding, as it is important that both of you stay hydrated.
Try to consume some protein with your meals. We tend to get enough in our diets in general that we don’t have to start drinking protein shakes. Just getting some of it, through cheese, yogurt, meat, nuts, hummus, baked beans, etc., is enough! This helps in healing and recovery.
Iron, calcium, vitamin D.
These are 3 nutrients that can be used up during / after pregnancy. Hence, it is important to speak to a doctor about your specific needs.
Most importantly, you just make sure that you are eating enough! If that’s a bowl of cereal, frozen food, a slice of toast in one hand while you feed the baby, you’ll be fine! If you rely on more ready-made meals, that’s fine too! There is no such thing as perfect nutrition.
Spares your body, and remember that it is physically impossible for a body to return to what it was before having a baby. Your body has taken in a new person, and it’s an incredible thing.
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