After nine months of eating for two, post pregnancy may seem like the right time to start eating for one only. Add the pressure many feel to get back into your pre-pregnancy shape… and spell out the results: Unhappy, unfulfilled and unhealthy. Here are some reasons to enjoy your food and look after your nutritional needs as a new mum!
Did you know that the Australian Recommended Daily Intake for all vitamins and minerals increases during breastfeeding? “Post pregnancy, significant nutrient donations are made to your growing baby. This can often result in mothers being deficient in nutrients, leaving them feeling exhausted and run-down,” said well-respected nutritionist Lisa Guy on behalf of FABFOL PLUS.
“Breastfeeding mums should be drinking plenty of water daily (2+ litres) and eating quality protein, complex carbs for plenty of energy, and foods rich in calcium and omega-3 fats” says Lisa. “While nothing takes away from the importance of a healthy, well-balanced diet, nutritional supplementation post pregnancy is extremely important. Even with the best intentions, it can be hard to meet all of your nutritional needs with diet alone, as your nutrient intake needs to double when you’re breastfeeding”
Lisa Guy’s top 3 essential vitamins and minerals post pregnancy and breastfeeding:
1. Iodine: Iodine is extremely important during early childhood. It helps ensure the normal physical and mental development of your growing child. That’s why your iodine requirements increase to a staggering 80 percent while breastfeeding!
2. Calcium: Calcium is crucial for the development of your baby’s teeth and bones. Remember to include a rich supply of calcium in your diet through supplementation. This reduces the risk of bone and teeth calcium depletion in your own body while breastfeeding which can lead to dental and osteoporosis problems later in life.
3. Omega-3’s: Don’t forget your Omega-3s either – they’re crucial in continuing to support your infant’s growing brain and nervous systems.