You made it through nine and a half months of doctor appointments, birthing classes, eating well and doing everything you could to keep you and the growing baby inside you healthy. Now that she’s here, it’s time to shift your focus entirely to taking care of the baby’s needs, right? Wrong. It is equally as important to take care of yourself after the baby is born as it was during pregnancy. A healthy mom is a happy mom.
The postpartum period (the time after giving birth) can be very stressful due to altered hormone levels, disrupted sleep, and an emotional state of mind. Breastfeeding keeps your body at an increased need for nutrients, some even more than when you were pregnant. Following the guidelines below for a well-rounded diet will help to maintain your health during this time.