When you become a new Mum, naturally, caring for your baby is your first priority, but don’t forget to look after yourself as well.
Pregnancy and childbirth places an enormous strain on your body and after giving birth, your body’s reserves of iron and other vitamins and minerals will certainly have become depleted. Whether your baby is breast or bottle fed, it is important that you take care of your health and wellbeing so that you recover quickly from your baby’s birth as well as have the energy to cope with the demands of a newborn.
As a new Mum, one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby is to enjoy a healthy diet. You can’t afford to get sick so it is best to follow a healthy balanced diet which is based on a range of 5 basic food groups such as:
- Vegetables of different types and colours and Legumes and beans Fruit
- Grain foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high fibre varieties such as breads, cereals, rice, pasta and noodles
- Dairy foods like Milk, Cheese and Yoghurt
- Protein, such as Lean Meat, Fish, Poultry, Eggs, Nuts and Seeds