Postpartum Nutrition Guidelines

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You will probably have some very specific concerns and questions about the nutritional needs of both you and your baby in the weeks and months after your baby's birth. Like most mothers, you may be concerned about losing the weight you gained during pregnancy. You may also wonder whether a dietary change can help eliminate the fatigue you feel. If you have become anemic, you need to know how to restore your iron reserves. If you have had a cesarean delivery, you should know what your special nutritional needs are.

In this article, we will answer all your questions about postpartum nutrition, including:

  • Mother's Diet After Birth In the days and weeks after the birth of your baby getting the proper nutrition is especially important. Apart from recovering the tremendous stress of delivering your baby, you will need energy to face all of your new parental duties. On this page, we will show you how to make sure your diet gives you the nutrients you need during this hectic time. We will also show you how to deal with common postpartum nutritional problems like constipation, fatigue, and anemia. Finally, we will give you some specific tips for recovering after a Caesarian section.
  • Weight Loss After Pregnancy It's only natural to gain weight during a pregnancy. After all, you are supporting another life inside of you. Unfortunately, most women are not pleased with the weight they've gained once the baby has been delivered. However, it's not realistic to expect that you will have the time or energy to lose the baby weight immediately after delivery. On this page, we will tell you all the facts about postpartum weight loss.
  • An Infant's Diet In the first year of your baby's life he will grow almost a foot and almost triple in weight. Naturally, to accommodate all of this rapid growth your baby will need the proper nutrition to stay strong. In this section, we will walk through the appropriate diet of a newborn child for the first year of life. The first year is broken up into three sections the nursing period, the transitional period, and the modified adult period. We will tell what your baby will be able to eat during these periods and what are the best food choices.
  • A Toddler's Diet As your child becomes a toddler his faculties and abilities increase across the board -- including the food they can eat. On this page, we will show all the new foods your child will be able to eat as they learn how to walk. Unfortunately, your child will also become more of a finicky eater around this time. In addition to eating tips, we will also show you how to encourage good eating habits in your child.
  • Homemade Baby Food The truth is that most commercial baby foods are just pureed vegetables or fruits. There might be more water or a few additional vitamins or minerals, but you could essentially make baby food in your own home. All you really need is a food processor and some fresh fruits and vegetables. On this page, we will show you all the pros and cons to making your own baby food so that you can make an informed choice for your child. We will give a list of ten precautions to make before getting started, when making the food, and how to store it.