Stepping into motherhood marks the beginning of a new phase in every woman’s life. But with ample happiness and responsibilities, it often brings along some extra kilos. This is primarily because of irregular eating patterns caused by stress and sleepless nights during early parenthood. That’s why, in addition to regular exercises, monitoring your diet is essential to receive the required nutrition without overeating.
To begin with, here are some home remedies that help regain your strength and get back in shape after delivery.
Oats: An excellent source of iron, calcium, carbohydrates, and proteins, oats is a wholesome diet in itself. Additionally, its fibre content helps keep constipation at bay.
Pulses: Rich in fibre, protein, vitamins, and minerals, pulses are essential in postpartum diet for their nutritional value. They also help you avoid those extra kilos!
Finger millet: With a high percentage of calcium and iron, finger millets accelerate the process of regaining strength after childbirth. They are also a good alternative for women who are lactose intolerant.
Almonds: Loaded withvitamin B12 and E, almonds help overcome post-delivery fatigue. They also aid in keeping the nerves and red blood cells healthy.
Brown rice: Complex carbohydrate-rich brown rice provides energy to new mothers while improving the quality of breast milk.
That’s not all, if you’re in the mood for a quick bite, you can snack on:
- Whole-grain crackers with hummus
- A handful of nuts
- A cup of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk
- A hard boiled egg with some carrots
- Low-fat cheese with fruits
- Peanut butter on an apple
More often than not, childbirth is followed by general fatigue and a tired and aching body. This is mainly caused by the stretched abdominal muscles and the overworked back and hip muscles. But you can easily overcome these conditions and get back to your pre-pregnancy shape with the help of regular postnatal exercises. Simple free-hand exercises such as belly breathing, abdominal bracing, pelvic tilt, and side planks significantly increase the power and stability of your body. They also help you relax and streamline blood circulation. However, it’s always advisable to consult a physiologist before your start working out.
While you go through a whirlwind of physiological and psychological changes as a new mother, it’s essential to stay strong and fit to take care of your baby better. That’s why, it’s important to be mindful of your daily routine and consult a Gynecologist & Obstetrician Doctor right after your delivery.And if you are based in Pune, reach out to Dr Nina at the Touch of Life clinic. Her team of expert Gynaecological and Obstrectician Consultants is always with you — before, during, and after your pregnancy!