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:
- 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
- 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.