Eating well after baby

Eating a healthy diet is not only essential during pregnancy but is also important following the birth of your baby.

Eating well after pregnancy helps YOU-

  • Rebuild your nutrient stores after the stresses of pregnancy
  • Have energy for motherhood
  • Improve your mood
  • Manage your weight
  • Prevent or manage diabetes
  • Manage constipation
  • Model good eating to your young child

If you are breastfeeding, eating well also helps YOU-

  • Have enough energy and nutrients for breastfeeding
  • Have enough fluid for a good supply

Tips for eating well after pregnancy

  • Eat a wide variety of foods
  • Ditch the soft drinks and alcohol, tap into water
  • Colour your meals with fruit and vegetables
  • Snack on fruit and veg
  • Choose foods low in saturated or animal fat, salt and sugar
  • Choose carbohydrate foods such as wholegrain breads, cereals, rice, pasta and legumes with a low to medium glycaemic index (GI) for longer lasting energy
  • Eat regular meals and snacks
  • Breastfeeding women should take a supplement that contains 150 micrograms of iodine per day.
  • Avoid alcohol if breastfeeding

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Food Myths

There are many types of ‘diets’ and ‘dietary myths’ reported in the media and available in books, on websites and in magazines and this is often the result of clever marketing. Whilst these ‘diets’ might seem interesting and beneficial, in many cases they are not supported by scientific evidence and therefore could be harmful to your health in the long term. If you are unsure, speak to an accredited practising dietitian who can offer you the most up to date and evidenced based dietary advice. After all, your health is just as important as the health of your baby!

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