After giving birth, it is a great time to re-evaluate your nutritional needs and you need to be counseled about the same. An adequate diet is especially important to help ensure your health and to supply you with the energy necessary to care for your new baby. You will probably have some very specific concerns and questions about the nutritional needs of both you and your baby in the weeks and months after your baby’s birth. You may also wonder whether a dietary change can help eliminate the fatigue you feel. If you have become anemic, you need to know how to restore your iron reserves. If you have had a cesarean delivery, you should know what your special nutritional needs are.
Mother’s diet after birth
Eating right after delivery isn’t that complex. Just continue eating a good-quality diet just as you did during pregnancy. If you are not breastfeeding, your nutrient and calorie needs are the same as they were before you became pregnant. If you are breastfeeding, or if you are anemic or recovering from a cesarean delivery, you require special nutritional management.
The pattern of weight loss after pregnancy varies with each mother. Many factors affect your return to your usual weight. If you were overweight before pregnancy, reaching a more desirable postpartum weight may take additional effort.
If you breastfeed, the calories you use to manufacture milk may help you lose some weight, but you still need to consume more calories than you did before pregnancy.
Whom to consult?
Post delivery it is best recommended that you first get your clinical assessment from a gynecologist and then support the medical regime with a counseling session from a qualified Nutrition expert. Consultation with a dietician is a must.