|

Getting the Hang of the Postpartum Diet Plan

When it comes to establishing healthy new ways of eating, pay attention to what works best for your body. Some people enjoy tofu, while others find that this soy product gives them indigestion. Some do well with dairy products, while others end up with runny noses or diarrhea when they eat dairy foods. Keep in mind that calcium is present in virtually all vegetables and nuts, so if you eat plenty of those, you don't need to drink milk to get enough calcium in your diet, even though you are using a lot of your calcium stores to make milk for your baby.

Remember that you are unique, and the postpartum diet that works for you will be unique, too. Work within the guidelines outlined here according to your own tastes and your own instincts about what foods make you feel the most energetic and clearheaded. All it requires is that you pay attention to how your body responds to the foods you eat. When so much of your energy is focused on caring for an infant, it can be hard to do this, but once you have established your ideal postpartum diet, you will feel it hasn't been a wasted effort. If you are lucky enough to be reading this book before or during pregnancy, you can start changing the way you eat now.

Of course, you will have "lapses" from your new healthy diet. One day, you might really want that fast-food burger; another day you might be satisfied only by a big candy bar or ice-cream sundae. Go ahead and allow yourself the occasional indulgence. Perfection is not something that humans should expect of themselves! In fact, if you allow yourself the occasional indulgence, you are far more likely to avoid bingeing. Just don't use a temporary indulgence as a reason to feel bad and slide back into a day-to-day way of eating that won't nourish your body or your baby's body.

|

More on: Postpartum

excerpted from:

From A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health by Dean Raffelock, Robert Rountree, and Virginia Hopkins with Melissa Block. Copyright 2002 by Dr. Dean Raffelock. Used by arrangement with Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit www.penguin.com. Get a 15% discount with the coupon code FENPARENT.


Pregnancy Day by Day

Tell us your due date to receive our daily newsletter and find out what is happening in this day of your pregnancy!

Already a member? Log-in here

Name of the Day

stay connected

highlights

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

7 Fun Driveway and Sidewalk Games for Kids
Looking for classic outdoor games kids can play in the driveway or on the sidewalk, just like the good ol' days? From hopscotch to bubble-blowing contests, there's something for all ages!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Best Sun Safety Practices for Babies
Follow these sun safety practices for babies to ensure your little one stays safe on the beach and on sunny days all year long.

© 2000-2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved.