A woman's postpartum diet can help or hinder her recovery after birth because food is medicine....
A woman's prostpartum diet right after birth can help or hinder her recover because food is medicine. Labor and birth takes a toll on the mother's body, with her losing fluids and blood. She sweats profusely during labor, and shivers afterwards. She has expended an insane amount of energy to bring baby earthside and is tired and sore while resting after the fact as she and baby work to begin nursing.
It is vitally important to have a diet high in protein, fats, and iron after baby is born so that more blood can be made to help repair the body quickly, and to also establish and maintain a high, nutrient dense milk for the baby. As a Mother Roaster, we are taught to make foods that do not require much energy to eat or digest, and are high in iron to replenish the blood. As well, the recipes are gentle on baby's tummy by omitting dairy and wheat, and utilizing the "heaty" healing spice of Ayurveda.
Below I have complied a list of foods that are important to consume after birth, and another list of foods that should generally be avoided during the first 6-12 weeks of life to help ensure a calmer baby by eliminating serious gas and inflammation in baby's virgin tummy and GI tract.
Foods to Consume After Birth
Foods to Avoid After Birth
To make things easier on yourself, go shopping a few weeks before your EDD (estimated due date) to stock up on some of these ingredients and play around with recipes to see what appeals to your palate. Pinterest is a great tool to utilize in this situation! It is possible to find an absolute plethora of recipes and ideas that you will like and will probably add to your regular meal planning and rotation. Likewise, you can inform your meal train of what are helpful ingredients to use in the meals they will bring.
I hope this helps gives some tips on making the first few weeks with your sweet new baby easier, by helping to eliminate gas pains, fussiness and colic by keeping on an anti-inflammatory diet in the immediate postpartum period.
If you have already had babies, did you restrict your diet? Did it help? If you didn't, do you wish you had?