Postpartum Nutrition

A person's diet directly affects a person's cognitive, physical and emotional states. It is important to make sure that your body is replenishing its reservoir of nutrients that dwindled during the pregnancy.

During a woman's pregnancy, her body (naturally) gains weight to accomodate the growing fetus. Most women would like to lose that weight after giving birth... and fast. However, sometimes it takes time and effort in order to healthily lose the weight. It take a combination of physical exercise and smart food choices - even more so if the mother is nursing.

  1. It is important to drink 8-10 cups of water a day.
  2. A new mother should make sure she is getting her nutrients from all of the food groups.
  3. Nursing is around 500 calories a day - healthy eating will help the mother lose weight healthily during this time
  4. Nursing is not the time for any extreme diets - it may alter the components in the milk
  5. A nursing mother should drink a lot of water. In order to make sure you are getting enough water, check your urine: bright yellow means you are not drinking enough.
  6. Caffeine or alcohol consumption can transfer the caffeine or alcohol to the baby.
  7. Omega 3 fatty acids are an important part of brain tissue and is extremely important during at the beginning of a baby's life (and even while in utero). Sources for Omega 3 include fish, flax seeds, flax seed oil, walnuts and canola oil.