Congratulations on entering this beautiful world of motherhood. We can understand that your pregnancy period was the mixed bag of the excitement and as well as of exhaustion. Now, as you have delivered your baby, it is vital to look after your health by eating a healthy and nutritious diet so that you can breastfeed your baby comfortably. If you have undergone with the vaginal delivery, then there may not be many restrictions to your diet, however, if you have delivered through C-Section, then you may face some sort of limitations, which generally creates lots of confusions in mind. So, what should be the diet after cesarean delivery?
Nutrition after delivery is as important as during pregnancy and planning for how to get pregnant. As the baby is dependent on you for the nourishment which in turn will help your baby to grow and develop properly, it is always advised to have a healthy diet intake even after delivery.
Secondly, nutrition is also essential for you to recover post-delivery. It helps you to heal your incision and provide you with the necessary energy to come back into your daily routine. However, it is good to take proper rest as well until six months post-delivery.
According to the experts and studies, a lactating mother requires a daily intake of additional 5000 calories.
An ideal diet after cesarean delivery should ensure proper digestion, smooth bowel movements and steady recovery and healing process. It may include the following:
Previously, dairy products were unhealthy if being consumed post-c-section delivery, however, now the time is changed. Dairy products are suitable to consume as they are the excellent source of calcium, protein and Vitamin B and D, which are the vital nutrients for a nursing mother. Dairy products strengthen the bones and muscles of both mother and baby. Therefore, you should include dairy products in your diet to make it healthy and nutritious.
Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
Fresh fruits that are rich in Vitamin C are suitable for lactating mothers. Such fruits are oranges, mosambi, nectarine, etc. Vitamin C provides antioxidants to the body of a mother.
Vegetables, like broccoli, spinach, bottle gourd, mushrooms, red carrot, etc. are suitable for the milk production and are also the excellent source of iron and vitamin A, which is highly needed by a mum who has undergone through cesarean delivery.
Always prefer to consume freshly cooked homemade dishes as they provide the real nutrition and are right in hygiene too.
Red Masoor Dal
The red masoor dal is highly abundant in protein and easy to digest. Therefore, it is good to include red masoor dal in your diet after cesarean delivery. This dal is right to produce milk and provide plenty of energy to a lactating mother.
Oats are the excellent source of fiber which eases the digestion process and prevents constipation for a nursing mother. Oats are easy to cook, digest and helps in losing extra weight post-delivery
Dry fruits/nuts are suitable to be included in diet after cesarean delivery. Dry fruits are the bundle of vital nutrients like calcium, iron, copper, manganese, and vitamins. These nutrients are helpful for a speedy recovery and healing of a new mom.
Fenugreek and Cumin Seeds
Fenugreek and cumin seeds are best in giving relief in backache and joint pains. Moreover, they are also useful in producing breast milk. Fenugreek and cumin seeds can be consumed quickly by adding them to any freshly cooked homemade dishes. They add further taste to the food.
Asafoetida (Hing) helps in providing relief to the flatulence or any gastric discomfort to the mother. It is suggested to add a pinch of asafoetida in your diet after pregnancy to ease the digestion process.
I hope that you found this blog useful and worth sharing it with all the new moms. However, remember, before starting any new diet routine, it is good to consult with your doctor for better help and guidance.
Thank you, Akansha for writing.
About Akansha Bansal:
Lives with a notion “SIMPLE LIVING, HIGH THINKING” and have an optimistic approach towards life. Always eager to learn new things. She is the founder of a Parenting website called “Budding Star.”
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