The early few weeks with a newborn can be exhausting. As a new mum, you need to look after yourself. It is important to get plenty of rest and follow a healthy balanced diet to keep those energy levels topped up. Don’t feel under pressure to get back to cooking meals straight away – you can always stock up on quick and easy foods to prepare as healthy snacks.

To make things a little easier for you, we have put together a few simple suggestions:

Hummus & Pita

  • Sandwiches or pitta bread filled with salad, cheese, meats and fish
  • Yogurts mixed with some chopped fruit and porridge oats
  • Fortified breakfast cereals, muesli or other wholegrain cereal
  • Baked potato with beans or tuna melt (cooked in the microwave in minutes)
  • Vegetable soup with wholegrain bread

It’s not easy to know what foods to eat and which to avoid. Aim for a healthy mixed diet that includes:

  • Five portions of a variety of fruit and veg a day, be it fresh, frozen, tinned, dried and juiced
  • Starchy foods – wholemeal bread, pasta, rice and potatoes
  • Fibre – wholegrain bread, cereals, pasta, rice, pulses, fruit and veg 
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  • Protein – lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs and pulses like lentils
  • Two portions of fish a week, including one of oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies are particularly good)
  • Dairy – milk, cheese and yogurt.

You also need to drink well, at least eight glasses of water a day. Water, milk and unsweetened fruit juices are all good choices. Tea and coffee are fine in moderation.

It you have questions on any aspect of your diet, contact our Careline.