Pregnancy and delivery of the child puts the body in a state of excessive stress and trauma. There is a lot of muscle and blood loss, the uterus and the associated reproductive organs are under stress and trauma and this results in tremendous change. In addition, the female is lactating which means nutrition and energy is needed by the body to produce milk in order to feed the baby. It is evident from this that the choice of foods post childbirth must be nutritious possessing healing properties. Along with nutrition providing foods care must be taken to avoid junk foods and other unhealthy foods. You must also avoid the intake of alcohol and tobacco as it directly affects the child.
1. Mixed Nuts And Seeds
Mixed nuts are super foods; they are rich in essential nutrients such as iron, magnesium, selenium and other micronutrients as well as omega 3 fatty acids and other antioxidants. These super foods as you would have guessed highly nourish the body. These nuts include almonds, walnuts, peanuts, as well as seeds such as sesame seeds, flax seeds, etc. It is best to include these in your daily diet and make it a habit to munch on these nuts and seeds. This practice also helps in avoiding junk foods.
2. Protein Rich Food
Proteins are famously known as the building blocks of our body. They are known to repair the wear and tear of our body. This means that the stress and trauma which the body underwent during pregnancy and delivery can be mended and healed with the help of protein intake. The foods rich in protein include dairy products such as milk, cottage cheese, tofu, eggs, curd etc., other healthy option of protein rich foods is lean meat.
During childbirth the body loses a lot of blood; as a result, many women tend to become anaemic. Post childbirth, anaemia needs to fought against as lactation requires iron and a good haemoglobin level. In simple terms you can say that for your baby to be healthy you need to be healthy with a good haemoglobin level. Dates are known to increase haemoglobin levels as well as improve the iron level in your body. You must consume dates daily for best results post childbirth.
Saffron is a spice as well as a flavouring and colouring agent used in cooking. In addition, it has excellent healing properties. The body needs healing after childbirth as it undergoes trauma and stress. You can either make saffron a part of your diet, like use it as an herb in daily cooking practices or consume it with milk. One way is to mix few strands of saffron in warm milk and add crushed almonds and cinnamon powder to it; its best to drink it at night before sleeping as the saffron milk helps body heal while sleeping.
5. Brightly Colored Fruits
Any kinds of fruits and vegetables are beneficial as they contain nutrients, fibre and helps in healing. To be specific the coloured fruits have additional benefits. The pigment contains anthocyanins and antioxidants which reduces the body inflammation as well as helps tremendously in healing.
Turmeric is a famous anti-bacterial agent; it also reduces inflammation. An age old recipe for new mothers is turmeric shake. You need to mix half a spoon of turmeric in a glass of warm milk and add crushed almond and crushed cardamom along with a spoon of ghee to it; as per individual preference you may add some honey to it. Drinking this super rich shake every night before sleeping works wonders in recovering after childbirth.
7. Ginger, Wheat & Jaggery Cakes
Post childbirth the needs a blend of carbohydrates, proteins and other essential nutrients. A solution to these needs is the wheat and jaggery cakes. This is an energy booster recipe made by mixing cooked wheat flour along with ginger powder and black pepper; this mix is then bound together using melted jaggery and melted butter so as to make flat cakes. For best results to need to eat 2-3 small pieces daily.
8. Fennel Soup
Fennel is healing agent; it also helps with indigestion and other gastric problems which are very common post childbirth. You can either simply chew few fennel seeds after every meal or make a light soup of fennel by mixing and then straining off olive oil, vegetables like celery, onions, fennel bulb, fennel seeds etc. so as to obtain a clear soup.
Sprouts are rich in fiber and proteins and are a good food option for recovering post child birth.
10. Probiotic Food Items
Probiotic foods help in reducing gastric problems as well as improve immunity of the body; both of which are highly important recovery stages after a childbirth.