Women have been considered inferior to men for centuries, even though they are not. The accomplishments a woman garners in her life could never be overshadowed by men.
- Women endure bleeding like crazy every month and still go on like everything is normal;
- Women endure sexual harassment at the workplace much more than men, yet they continue to strive;
- Women rip open their bodies to bring a new life into this world, and sew themselves back up and continue;
Women indeed are a marvelous creation of God that men would never be able to compete with.
I am writing today to make your life a tad bit easier after you and your body have gone through the painful process of giving birth to a new life.
Being a mother is the most satisfying feeling in the world, the moment you hear the first cry of your baby, you forget about everything.
- You forget every kilogram that was gained during the pregnancy;
- You forget about every time you puked your guts out;
- You forget about every stretch mark and every stitch you received during delivery;
When that baby comes into your arms and looks up at you as if you are its entire universe, you get the same feeling. The tiny bundle of joy becomes your entire universe, and nothing in the pregnancy can ever make you regret having a child.
Despite all of this, many new mothers get upset over the way their body looks after childbirth, and the hormonal changes in the body can make them even more confused if they keep stressing about it.
Here are a few diet tips that can help you cope with anybody issues you may have.
However, let me stress the fact that you are beautiful,
In spite of the flaws,
In spite of the chubby cheeks and the weight gain
And in spite of the loose skin of your stomach.
You are beautiful and do not let anybody tell you otherwise.
So, here we go.
Childbirth is an ordeal on a woman’s body, even a normal delivery takes more than you are willing to give, but we still do it because becoming a mother trumps every pain.
Getting back to the pre-pregnancy body requires you to start eating healthy. On average, an intake of 1800-2200 calories is necessary for breastfeeding moms. Anything less than 1500 may hamper your supply of milk for the baby.
These three categories of meals are to be taken by you throughout the day, without any oversight, if you want to recover.
After childbirth, your body is in the recovery stage. Do you know which nutrient helps our body tissues to recover and regenerate themselves? Yes, it is protein.
Protein is a nutrient that is found in high quantities in meat products. From eggs and chicken breasts to tuna and beef, every meat product is rich in protein. So, new moms benefit a lot by incorporating meat in their meals, at least once a day.
Dairy or any of the by-products of milk are more than healthy for your body. It helps to make your bones healthy and regulates your body weight as well.
Dairy is rich in several nutrients such as Calcium, Vitamin A and D, Zinc, Magnesium, and even protein. Dairy also helps in increasing your milk supply for the baby, if you choose to breastfeed.
Vegetables & Fruits
Ever since we were children, our parents have told us to eat our veggies. Once we become parents ourselves, we start realising how wise ours were.
Eating a variety of vegetables and fruits in your diet will help keep your overall health standard at a superior level. Focusing on green leafy vegetables can help you even more.
Try sourdough bread with avocadoes, a side of bacon and eggs with a tall glass of orange juice for breakfast, and trust me, you would want the same for lunch and dinner.
I know you would know most of the things that I am going to add in this section.
- No alcohol, not even a single sip of your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon, only until you breastfeed.
- No caffeine; saying no to a coffee cup can be harsh, but you have to do it since caffeine tends to mix with your milk supply and your baby cannot drink that.
- No junk food or cigarettes, both of these are unhealthy for you, even if you are not a new mom.
You have just gone through a life-changing experience. The hospital bill of childbirth and the childcare expenses often make parents take up installment loans to pay for them, yet they happily do it.
The finances may not seem easy to control, but you can manage your health. Do not put your health at risk by indulging in the don’ts, because if something happens to you, your baby will suffer the most. And I am 100% sure you would not want that.
I want to end by quoting a personal experience. I had become a complete vegan years before I had my child.
However, after childbirth, many suggested that I needed the nutrients from meat and dairy if I wanted them to have the same. I had consulted my doctor about my lifestyle choice affecting my baby since I was breastfeeding; he did not object to it.
I still went back to eating dairy and meat. I won’t say I regret the choice, I did what I thought was right for my child and me, and maybe it paid off, or perhaps it didn’t; nobody can know for sure. I am proud of the fact that I tried. My child is five now, and he is at his healthiest, he loves chicken more than he loves vegetables, and I am glad that I could give him that choice. I am still indecisive about whether or not to become vegan again.
My point is that you may find some of the choices to be unsuitable for you, which is fine. It is your body, and it is you who gets to decide what you will eat. I have just laid out the options for you.