I’ve spoken to quite a few overwhelmed mamas who have newborns at home lately. They’re struggling to get in the nutrition they need or are struggling finding the time to eat when it’s all said and done. They’re hungry, exhausted, and life with a newborn is constantly changing- so it’s super challenging. I have a few tricks up my sleeve that are easy for new moms to implement without it taking a whole lot of time or brain power.
First: Convenience snacks are your best friend.
The first few months with a new baby I like to view as “transition”. You’re transitioning to life as a mom, or with another baby if you already have one. And chances are you’re spending a lot of time tending to baby’s needs and constantly one handed. So allow yourself grace if you’re alone during the day or evening and stick to whole nutrition convenience snacks such as: Protein Bars, Trail Mix, Raw Nuts, Fruit (like apples, pears, bananas, peaches, plums), rice cakes and nut butter, string cheese, yogurt- that sort of thing. Simple- easy, and requires minimal “cooking or preparing” is key during this stage.
Second: Eat when you feed baby.
Whether you’re nursing or bottle feeding- eat when you’re feeding baby, because chances are in the beginning- you’re sitting down focused on that task. So don’t use that time to scroll through facebook- use it to snack and fuel your body so you’re getting better post birth. Snack away on those convenience foods while you’re sitting there tending to your baby.
Third: Water is essential.
It doesn’t matter whether you are nursing or not, a new mom needs a LOT of water. And sometimes “hunger” is really our body being dehydrated. Drink half your body weight in ounces daily to make sure your digestion is up to par, you’re hydrated, reduce headaches, and just overall emotional state. And no- because I know you’re wondering- coffee isn’t water. Have your coffee, but make sure you’re getting actual water in frequently throughout the day.
A well nourished mama is imperative to help with mental state after giving birth. With your hormones out of whack it can be really hard to maintain a routine and feel normal- but making sure you’re taking time to eat is absolutely essential to that. Start with food. Then work on everything else- including the house.
What did I miss? What helped you in that newborn stage of eating and getting your nutrition in?