After the baby is born it’s easy to put yourself last on the list of priorities, but your body needs good nutrition to recover from the pregnancy as well as support any breastfeeding. Here are 10 of my favourite superfoods for new mums:
1. Lean red meat
During your pregnancy you have an exceptionally high requirement for iron to fulfil both you and your growing baby’s needs. It’s common therefore for new mums to have low iron stores and often mild to moderate iron deficiency, while others may tip into anaemia.
Although we get much of our iron from plant foods, it is not as well as absorbed. If you do like and are willing to eat red meat this is therefore a brilliant choice to provide the iron boost your body needs.
2. Natural yoghurt
Your baby has drawn a lot of calcium from your body during the pregnancy to build her own bones. If you weren’t getting enough from your diet you will have taken that calcium from your own bones. You now want to ensure that you have plenty calcium coming from your diet to halt that bone loss and try to redeposit minerals to keep your bones strong.
Natural yoghurt is ideal as it’s calcium rich, but also provides protein, a whole bunch of other nutrients and a few probiotic bacteria for gut health to boot. It’s also an easy food to add into your day – add a dollop to smoothies, have with cereal or muesli for breakfast, or have with fresh fruit as a snack. (Want a great breakfast recipe? Look no further. Post continues after video.)
With all the fear over allergies, many new mums avoid having nuts themselves while breast feeding. This is such as shame as nuts are loaded with nutrients your body needs including magnesium, along with fibre, plant protein and plenty of those good fats that keep you healthy.
Allergy specialists actually recommend that potentially allergenic foods are included in mum’s diet so that the baby is exposed early via breastmilk. It may be the delayed exposure of some foods that increases the risk for an allergic reaction. If you have severe allergies in your family of course speak to your allergy specialist first.