How To Take Care of Yourself After Delivery Part One

“Dr. Linda, since I had my new baby a week ago, I feel tired and stressed out all the time. Is there something wrong with me?”

Everything you’re feeling is natural after delivery. There are huge changes going on in your body, you’re sleep deprived and are probably not taking good care of yourself. Many moms forget they need to take good care of themselves after delivery. They don’t realize that when they don’t feel good their babies can’t feel good either! It’s also possible you have a case of the baby blues, early symptoms of postpartum depression or, you may just need to take some extra steps to take of your health.

After 9 months of pregnancy and many hours of labor, you definitely have earned some rest. Unfortunately, your baby has other plans! As a new mom, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed by baby care and forget how important it is to take care of yourself after delivery. Be sure to make self-care a priority and an easy place to start is with your diet. Your body needs a steady source of good quality fuel especially if you’re also breastfeeding.

As a very busy new mom, it’s easy to fall into the habit of skipping meals or eating fast foods and boxed, processed foods. These foods are quick and easy but don’t give your body the nutrients it needs. In addition, many of these foods also contain chemicals which cause inflammation in your tissues leading to slow healing from delivery and feelings of fatigue, achiness, anxiety, and inability to sleep. Over time, it can also cause Insulin resistance, type-2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and depression. The foods you eat influence your health and well-being now and in the future.

Making the decision to take care of yourself after delivery by eating well is a great way to ensure you stay healthy, energetic and able to keep up with your rapidly growing baby. Please remember that it is not selfish to take care of yourself after delivery no matter what you have been taught. In fact, it’s an important part of being the great mom you want to be!

Eating healthy after delivery

To eat a healthy diet you don’t have to be a gourmet cook or spend a lot of time cooking, you just have to have a plan. In this blog, you’ll get a few suggestions to make it easy for you to eat a healthy diet after delivery.

While you’re still pregnant cook extra food and freeze it to use after the baby is born. Here is a great website to tell you how long it’s safe to keep foods in the freezer.

Instead of bringing gifts for the baby consider asking friends and family to sign up to bring you healthy food whenever they visit.

If you like food delivery services add them to your baby registry or sign up for a food service that offers healthy food choices and delivers them to your home.

If you like to cook, make up a menu for the first 6 weeks after your baby is born and write a list of the ingredients you need for each week. Ask your friends and family to sign-up for shopping duty every week or two. Make sure you always include fresh or frozen vegetables or fruits so you have a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals your body needs.

Once you’re feeling better, consider leaving dad with the baby once a week while you go to the store yourself. This gives dad a chance to practice being an involved father and gives your baby and partner a chance to bond. Most importantly it gets you out of the house to do grown-up things and to take extra time to do something you love, an important part of how to take care of yourself after delivery.

Collect a variety of take-out/delivery menus from restaurants that offer healthy options. Even fast food restaurants offer healthy options, you just have to look for them.

In part two of this series, you’ll learn the foods your body needs to keep your postpartum healing process on track and to strengthen your immune system so you stay healthy even though you’re under stress.

In the meantime, I would love to hear from you. Please post your questions/comments below.

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Have a happy, healthy day,