As a new mom, it is expected that you have gained a few added pounds. You would naturally want to lose this excess weight immediately. In the process of doing so, it is important that you engage in proper diet for post pregnancy.
You can lose weight and at the same time stay healthy so that you have enough energy for you and your baby. You can do this through proper food intake. Breast feeding mothers should be more cautious in the food you eat because it may affect your breast milk quantity and quality.
If you are not properly nourishing your body with vitamins and nutrients, those stored in your body will be depleted and it may cause your body to suffer from this deficiency.
To avoid this nutrient depletion, concentrate on having a healthy diet and not focus on losing weight within the three-month period after birth.
Diet for post pregnancy should include balanced meals, having foods rich in vitamins and minerals, but at the same time low in fat and calories. Since you need calcium, B vitamins, iron and the like, you can get these from dairy products. This is particularly important for breast feeding moms.
Go for healthy options such as low-fat milk, cheese or even yogurt so that the amount of vitamins and minerals that you need will not be compromised, but at the same time it will reduce your fat intake.
Another way of avoiding unwanted fat is by choosing lean meat and eating them in moderation. Iron is largely found in meat products so you can still eat meat to avoid iron deficiency.
In order to lose the excess weight you might think of cutting back on carbohydrates. However, such drastic change in your diet will affect the milk that you produce for your baby, and it can make you feel sluggish and drained. You will need carbohydrates, and a healthy source of carbohydrates is brown rice. It will give you enough energy and calories for your milk production but at the same time it will not add up to your weight.
Whole wheat bread is another healthy option which can give you carbohydrates, yet it is not fatty and is low in calories. It also contains folic acid that is crucial to your baby’s growth.
Diet for post pregnancy is really all about healthy food options. It does not suggest that you eat very little or you deprive yourself of food because it might compromise you and your baby’s health. In the process of losing weight, eating properly is just one aspect. Breast feeding can also help you shed calories after pregnancy.
Minor work-outs and exercises also help a lot.