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Giving birth is the ultimate motherhood marathon. Whether you triumphed with a natural birth or went for the help of modern medicine (me!!), you are a rockstar, and it’s important to fuel your body for healing.
If you are struggling to lose the baby weight, I have a little program, where I go over how to lose the baby weight, specifically for breastfeeding mamas. I have meal plans, healing foods, milk-boosting supplements, recipes, shopping lists and a private Facebook group for support. I walk you through healing your core, strengthening your pelvic floor, Pilates and cardio workouts and so much more. If you are looking for a more in-depth plan that goes over healing postpartum, properly nourishing your body for milk supply, a meal plan and recipes and workouts to lose the baby weight, please check out my new program, The Postpartum Cure. So many mamas are having tons of success with just the little bit of help and knowledge! I highly encourage you to check it out now, because I add more content monthly and increase the price as more information, videos and details are added!
Here is my list of 5 Foods to Scarf Down After Giving Birth
Protein is essential for mamas to heal after giving birth. It is a very important macro nutrient to help your cells function properly! I am so passionate about protein for both pregnant and breastfeeding mamas, as well as nutrition for healing and lactation, that I created Milk Dust. Milk Dust hosts a full spectrum of essential nutrients hand-picked for breastfeeding and postpartum mamas. These nutrients are also important for baby, they help decrease sugar cravings, and the herb blend promotes lactation. It is the supplement mamas need to assist with weight loss while breastfeeding, as well as proper nourishment for healing, well being and health. With herbs like Tumeric and Cinnamon Bark, you will find yourself craving less sugar because these support your blood sugar. Protein, fiber and omega-3s from Pea protein, brown rice protein, chia seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds helps you feel super full and get the essential fatty-acids both you and baby need. I highly recommend you take a look at Milk Dust, which will be out late Spring, and in the mean time, I highly suggest this protein powder if you need one now.
Milk Dust is the only protein powder that pumps up your milk supply with a special lactation blend, while also curbing sugar cravings!! There is no other clean, super nutrient-dense protein powders like this.
These babies are super high in Zinc. Zinc is an essential nutrient to help your body heal, repair cells and build collagen. This is exactly what your body is doing whether you delivered vaginally or C-section. Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans): 1 cup: 2.5 milligras (17 percent DV)
I mention Chickpeas because they are a form of food most can eat. AND, there are a lot of fun dessert recipes with Chickpeas as the main source. You can also eat hummus, which is made from Chickpeas. Chocolate Covered Katie has one of my favorite sweet treat recipes with chickpeas, which I suggest you make and pack for the hospital!
The mineral zinc is essential for overall health and various aspects of cellular metabolism, according to the National Institutes of Health. In terms of wound healing, it benefits the body by helping to maintain the structural integrity of dermal tissue and mucosal membranes. That’s why many clinicians turn to zinc supplements for people suffering from skin ulcers. Another benefit is that zinc aids in the division of cells, which is the function responsible for creating new tissue. Additionally, it plays a big role in immune function. A stronger immune system is important for fighting off potentially harmful elements and, in effect, avoiding the development of wound infections.–
4. Red Peppers
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that helps cross-link collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and if you’ve had an incision, this protein is crucial to proper wound healing. Stress depletes vitamin C stores so getting extra after surgery is recommended (upwards of 900 mg a day in divided doses).
5. Shiitake Mushrooms
A new University of Florida study shows increased immunity in people who ate a cooked shiitake mushroom every day for four weeks.
Of the thousands of mushroom species globally, about 20 are used for culinary purposes. Shiitake mushrooms are native to Asia and are cultivated for their culinary and medicinal value.
Keeping the immune system strong is essential to healing post delivery. Most-likely, you won’t feel like frying up some mushrooms just after delivery, but you can order Mushroom soup, or make it ahead of time to have ready for you when you come home.
Postpartum weight loss doesn’t always come easy. There’s so many hormones racing around, lack of sleep and intense sweet cravings to battle, but these foods are so good for your body and milk supply, as well as keeping you full while trying to lose weight. The true key is to put as many nutrients in your body as you can. The weight naturally falls off, when your body is given what it needs. Your body will also do what its supposed to do, like produce enough milk for your baby, if you give it the fuel to do so!