Nutritional needs for new mums
Once the baby arrives this can be a very busy time but it is important to keep your own strength up. Some women may feel quite drained in the first few weeks after birth, so it’s important to replenish the nutrients that have been used up, with iron being one key nutrient. Lean red meat, sesame/sunflower seeds and fortified food products are all good sources of iron, although sometimes supplements may be prescribed by healthcare practitioners in cases of iron deficiency anaemia.
On the whole make sure your diet is well balanced, containing all the different foods groups – whole grains, lean protein, dairy products and plenty of fruit and vegetables. If you are breastfeeding it is also important to drink enough fluids (as this helps to support the production or breast milk) and to include foods containing omega-3 fatty acids within your diet (omega-3 can also be found in some supplements developed for new mums). Foods that are good sources of omega-3 include oily fish, flaxseeds and fortified eggs, margarine and yoghurts.