New babies (babies… children in general) have this way of sapping the life out of you. Between changing nappies, feeding babs, comforting crying, and working out what the heck is going on, there seems to be little time to eat – which is essential for fuelling baby management.
If you’re barely keeping going chances are it’s going to be that much more difficult to keep your baby going.
So what can you do to make sure you are getting all the energy-boosting sustenance you need as a new (or even long-time) mum?
- Eat a good breakfast – proteins (eggs) and wholegrains (wholemeal bread) are great ‘fuel foods’. Or hit a smoothie with super fruits – anything berry, banana (potassium stabilises blood sugar levels) and vitamin C (citrus fruits) can’t hurt. If there’s any time during the day that you force yourself to eat something substantial, it’s breakfast!
- Drink loads of water – dehydration will exacerbate fatigue.
- Healthy snacking – it’s always a good idea to have snacks at hand during those first crazy weeks of new motherhood; fruit (dried and fresh), snack/cereal bars (be sure to check sugar and calorie levels), yoghurt, dark chocolate, nuts (walnuts and almonds especially), beans etc.
- A cup of herbal tea – teas that boost energy are green tea (which also has loads of immune-boosting antioxidants) and ginger tea (also antioxidant-rich). Liquorice and Rosehip teas are also great for rejuvenation and are known to combat exhaustion.
- Broccoli and Spinach – if you’re putting in a dinner request, broccoli and spinach are super sources of energy. Broccoli is also a great snack (raw, dipped in hummus) and spinach can be used in a quick salad if cooking time is minimal.
Good luck mums! And always remember that your baby relies on you to look after yourself too!
Do you have any fabulous energy-boosting food advice for new mums?