It has been quite a while since I’ve posted. Adjusting to being a new mom has been a little more hectic than I anticipated, but amazing. Our little man was born June 15th at 8:09 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces. Here he is now, almost a month old and several pounds heavier.
I wanted to share a bit about my postpartum recovery with you all, as well as a few tips that have helped me heal and start losing the excess baby weight, while maintaining my milk supply.
40 weeks pregnant 3 Weeks Postpartum
To be clear I am definitely still on the mend. I have quite a ways to go as far as regaining muscle and strengthening my core. All things in time!
Just like it’s important to eat as healthy as possible during pregnancy, it is just as vital after birth for your mental and physical well-being. Have you ever eaten an entire pizza or greasy burger and felt great about yourself afterward? My personal philosophy that has helped me heal the most is to only put foods in my body that make me feel great. During pregnancy and now, as a busy mom, I don’t have time to feel sick or eat junk that contributes to poor body image. I want my son to thrive, I want to be able to continue to provide quality nutrients for him and I want to take good care of myself at the same time.
Here are a few of my top tips for recovering with a plant-based diet:
-Eat a quality, large breakfast. Never underestimate the power of a good breakfast. Especially if you are getting up several times a night to nurse. You are burning so much fuel you need to take the time to feed yourself. There are tons of great recipes on Pinterest of pre-made breakfast items or smoothies that are quick. Here is my breakfast bar recipe that is full of plant-based lactation superfoods.
-Make sure your fridge is full of raw foods. Your favorite fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds etc. It’s great to have a fridge of healthy items that you don’t have to cook! Most of the time my lunch looks like this because I’m tired and busy!
Yes. Eat the entire avocado. You need the fat!
-Aim to eat every 3-4 hours. If you wait too long in between meals you are more likely to binge or crave sugar/highly processed foods. Larabars and nuts are fabulous snacks to keep in your bag.
-Increase your intake of fat to maintain your milk supply. My favorite lactation superfoods are walnuts, flaxseed, coconut water, coconut oil, coconut butter, chia seeds & oats. I also always have various nut butters on hand for when I’m up at 2 am and am raging hungry and need a little something to tie me over.
-Get moving when you have the energy. Obviously, don’t go crazy.Start with stretching, walking, maybe some light yoga. Nothing that will cause lots of muscle soreness or recovery time until your doctor okays it.
-Rest when you can! Sleeping in intervals is rough. Try to nap when baby is napping. Cleaning the house can wait.
-If you’re able, get ready for the day, everyday. Put on an outfit that you like, take the time to do your hair and make up. This is mainly for mental health. I have chosen to get ready everyday and aim to get out of the house at least once day even if it is only for 30 minutes. This has done wonders for my mental health.
-Drink lots of water. When you sit down to feed your little one keep your water bottle near by. It’s very easy to get dehydrated if you are nursing or pumping.
I hope these tips find you well and encourage you on your postpartum journey!
There are so many things I feel like I left out of this video for the sake of time. So just to clarify my suggestions for how you can feel great during your pregnancy:
- Exercise and move daily, Stretch, Get a massage
- Choose the right Pre-Natal vitamin for you and focus on nutrition, not weight. Your body will tell you when it’s hungry! And your adorable baby will take what he or she needs from you. None of this “eating for two so pass the swiss cake rolls” nonsense or obsessing over calories business.
- Make your mental health a priority. Reduce Stress. Set Boundaries.Rest. Have fun and ask for help when you need it.
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