With all the focus on how important it is to eat healthily during pregnancy, it is quite easy for mums to neglect their nutritional requirement post pregnancy.
If you do feel as if you are neglecting your personal eating habits in those first hectic weeks following the arrival of your little one, then you may want to take a look at the following nutritional tips for new mums.
Go easy on caffeine
Whilst you may think that regular cups of coffee are necessary to help get you through the day, too much caffeine can actually make us jittery, nervous and ultimately more tired.
If you feel you have to have caffeine, limit your coffee and tea intake to a maximum three cups a day, particularly if you are breastfeeding as caffeine can pass through to the baby, often making a baby more irritable as well. You could always try a caffeine free variety?
Eat little and often
Larger meals can often lead to a sag in energy, particularly during those first few weeks of motherhood when hormones are raging and sleep is deprived.
Aim to eat between five and six smaller meals a day to help keep energy levels up.
Drink plenty of water
Being a new mum is hectic work and it is important that you drink plenty of water to help keep your energy levels up. If you are breastfeeding, it is particularly important that you drink at the least recommended eight glasses of water a day, as the production of milk requires ample fluids and breastfeeding mums can often feel thirstier than usual.
Eat plenty of fresh fruit and avoid too many sugary snacks
Snacking can be a great way to help get tired new mums who find themselves extremely busy and pushed for time through the day. Although the same rules apply with snacks in post-pregnancy as they do during pregnancy – Stick to healthy snacks of fruit and nuts and avoid sugary or fatty snacks that contain high levels of salt.