Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

5 fabulous superfoods for new mothers

by Wendy Martin (follow)
Nutrition (269)      Women's Health (40)      Healthy Parenting (27)      Pregnancy and Birth (21)     
When you're a new or expectant mother, a healthy diet is vital for the development of your baby as well as mum's recovery following the birth. Breastfeeding mothers in particular are urged to eat extra healthy to produce all the additional nutrients your growing baby needs.



pregnancy Ben earwicker
Pregnant women and new mothers are especially in need of superfoods with extra nutrients. Image credit: Freeimages.com/BenEarwicker


Additionally, having a healthy and balanced diet will help produce breast milk and replenish nutrients that mothers can often lose whilst pregnant. To ensure both mother and baby get the the nutrients they both need, include these superfoods in your diet after baby is born and boost your nutrient levels.

1. Spinach

Spinach and most green leafy veggies such as bok choy, kale and Chinese broccoli are especially beneficial to nursing women as they are high in vitamin A which is a much-needed nutrient for both mother and baby. In particular, spinach also has high levels of folic acid which assist in production of lost blood cells and helps boost milk production. The manganese in spinach is also helpful for bone, cartilage and collagen production which is needed, especially when a new mother is recovering from a c-section.

In general, green veggies like spinach have a large amount of calcium, iron and vitamin C as well.



Spinach Florin Bleiceanu
Green leafy veggies, in particular spinach, are great for new mums as they are high in folic acid and vitamin A. Image credit: Freeimages.com/Florin Bleiceanu


2. Oats

Oats offer high levels of iron which can help prevent anaemia, often seen in new mums. Oats also are one of the most lactogenic foods and help increase breast milk supply. High in fibre, they are of benefit when new mothers are experiencing postnatal constipation.

3. Brown rice

Also high in fibre, brown rice offers healthy, whole-grain carbohydrates to help keep energy levels up and blood sugar levels consistent. Brown rice offers more fibre than white rice and is an easy food to incorporate into your regular meals.



almonds- JL Design
Brown rice is high in fibre and a healthy carb for keeping level blood sugar. Image credit: Freeimages.com/Robert Wall


4. Salmon

New mothers benefit from eating salmon as it's a fatty fish containing high amounts of a fat called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which is crucial in the development of an infant's nervous system. It's also high in protein and vitamin B12 and is believed to help prevent post natal depression.



almonds- JL Design
Almonds are a great source of vitamin E and essential fats which help with milk supply. Image credit:Freeimages.com/JLDesigns


5. Almonds

Boosting your almond intake provides a variety of nutrients like vitamin E and essential fats important for your baby's health as well as yours. The essential fatty acids including omega-3 also help increase milk supply. Almonds provide protein and calcium for your bones and teeth. To help increase breast milk, soak a small handful of almonds (about 8-10) overnight in water and enjoy then the next morning.

Simply adding these few foods to your diet can greatly assist in getting you feeling your best and give your baby a healthy head start.

#Nutrition
#Women's Health
#Pregnancy and Birth
#Healthy Parenting
I like this Article - 6
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by Wendy Martin
There's a growing number of people turning to reiki for healing, and while their experiences vary (s...
8 likes
There's a school of thought that a great number of things can be learned by simply taking a concentr...
12 likes
If your past acne outbreaks have left blemish marks behind, there's no need to visit a dermatologist...
7 likes
If you've had a consistent battle with acne, some natural health experts are beginning to recommend ...
11 likes
It's springtime, and for many that means only one thing - allergy season
11 likes
If you're someone hoping to avoid chemical solutions and find natural remedies for your anxiety prob...
16 likes
view all articles by Wendy Martin
Articles by Wendy Martin on Other Hubs
Imagine that you are the boss of a small to medium-sized company
3 likes
ID: 46357
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
As a health-conscious individual, you probably care about what goes on, as much as you care about wh...
1 like
The type and quality of food we eat impacts our not just our health but our fatigue levels
5 likes
I love making banana bread and finding ways involve the kids in the kitchen too
5 likes
People all around the world know how beneficial spinach can be
2 likes
Do you struggle with procrastination? If you are like the majority of people, the answer is probabl...
5 likes
Celery is a delicious crunchy vegetable that is unappetising when limp
5 likes
Did you know if you are not exfoliating, your skin is not as healthy as it could be? Exfoliating ...
6 likes
Canít sleep? You are not alone
5 likes
At times we are faced by challenges that rock the core of who we are, our values and what we represe...
5 likes
Categories
Nutrition (269)
Vegan (122)
Skin Care (101)
How To (64)
Lists (61)
Hygiene (35)
Yoga (29)
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version