The first few weeks after your pregnancy can be even more exhausting than while you were pregnant. Your body is recovering from labour fatigue and trying to cope with the hormonal swings you’re facing. Eating right is definitely one of the ways you can lighten the mood within your head.
1. Omega 3
It would do you good to stock up on omega 3 fatty oils, found mostly in fish and a couple of other nuts and seeds. Try tuna, walnuts and flaxseeds for some omega 3. They help maintain good health and could protect you from heart disease. Omega 3 oils are also known to help combat postpartum depression among new moms.
This is an extremely important part of your diet and it depends on your body dimensions and whether you’re nursing or not. If you want to consume more of proteins, eat a lot of egg, maybe in the form of an everyday breakfast. Other sources of protein are dairy products, poultry and meat.
3. No artificial sweeteners
Even though you may be craving some sugar or some caffeine just to get you through the day, avoid these as much as possible. They may give you some energy temporarily, but they drain you out after a while, leaving you experiencing more fatigue. Caffeine will do you no favours when you’re trying to sleep at night. When you find yourself craving sweets, try reaching for some dark chocolate instead.
This seems to be the solution in every case, but for good reason. Dehydration only makes you feel more tired, and it’s not like you haven’t been feeling enough of that lately. Your body would have lost a lot of fluids during delivery and even more every time you nurse your baby. So make sure you drink up and make a conscious effort to stay hydrated.
This is definitely no excuse for not consuming a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables. But sometimes, the first few weeks taking care of your baby can be extremely hectic, especially if you’re a single mom. So taking a vitamin tablet will ensure you get the required amount of nutrition. Prenatal vitamins have a higher percentage of iron than normal multivitamins. So they help you make up for the iron you lost during delivery. Antioxidants such as Vitamin A,C and E also help increase overall brain function.
This should keep you healthy, when it is coupled with moderate exercising. Of course, all foods won’t work for everyone, so pick and choose as is right for your body. However, if you suspect you’re suffering from postpartum depression, as opposed to just a few weeks of baby blues, a healthy diet can’t be a good enough substitute for professional help.