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Your little bundle of joy has arrived and you just can’t take your eyes off him/her, right? Every pregnancy is different and has its ups and downs, holding a healthy baby in your arms is like being successful after facing all the challenges. Whether it is a normal delivery or a C-section delivery, you now need extra care and a healthy diet to recover from post-delivery stress.
What Is the Need for a Special Healthy Diet Post Delivery?
As soon as the labour pain begins, a woman’s body starts getting ready for the delivery. Continuous contractions and delivery leave a woman exhausted. She needs extra care and help when it comes to doing normal daily chores and in terms of diet. For the first few days she is advised to rest as per the doctor’s instructions so as to take care of the stitches both in case of a normal and C-section delivery.
As per Ayurveda's sutika paricharya, the 40 days after delivery are considered very crucial for recovery and it is important to take proper care during this period. These 40 days of care defines the health for next 40 years of life. Sutika Paricharya is an Ayurvedic regimen that helps woman post-delivery in regaining their vitality and getting back to prepregnant state both physically and mentally.
Special healthy diet post-delivery is a must as it not only helps in recovering from the delivery stress but also assists in taking over new responsibilities and lactation. Delivery leaves one weak and the disrupted sleep schedule makes it even tougher. The right diet can help in feeling energetic, healthy, and taking care of the baby.
As the child is entirely dependent on the mother for survival, there arises a need for extra calorie intake by her. Her food must be rich in iron, calcium, vitamins, minerals, fibre and all the essential nutrients so that she recovers well and has appropriate lactation. Eating healthy food will ensure that the baby is getting all the necessary minerals through milk required for his/her growth.
Even though the baby has been delivered, it is likely that some women still feel food aversion and nausea for some time. This might create a hindrance in eating healthy food that is required for post-delivery recovery. The other things that make it tough to intake certain food are the type of delivery that one has been through.
The diet plan for post-normal delivery and C-section may differ for some period of time. For example, in the case of C-section, the patients are generally asked to have light food for around first two weeks. In the case of normal delivery, the consumption of traditional laddoos begin soon after. Yet for others, there might be some medical reasons like diabetes which might affect the post-delivery diet. It is best that you consult your doctor well before starting normal course of food.
Delivery affects a woman’s body in numerous ways, even though you might appear to be fit from the outside but internally, the body becomes too sensitive. Therefore, precautions are taken to protect and work best for recovery through a nutritious diet. There are eatables that are avoided during this period so that it doesn’t harm you. Let’s read what these are and why they should not be consumed.
Spicy food is generally avoided after delivery in the recovery period as it can make the mother and baby restless. It may trigger colic pain in babies which is a general problem.
Soft drinks are high in sugar and are not healthy for the mother and the baby as there are hardly any nutrients present in them.
When it comes to alcohol, it is best that it is not consumed, its passing to the baby through breastmilk can damage a child’s development and growth. It can also leave the mother in a state where she is not able to look after the child.
Junk food is generally high in calories, sugar, and salt but low in necessary minerals and vitamins that are needed for you after delivery. Instead, you may choose a snack that is rich in protein, fibre and healthy nuts. For example, you may have a fruit or simply a bowl of roasted nuts.
Colic pain is a common problem in babies, therefore, any food that causes gas is avoided. Any such food that you consume may pass on to the baby causing gas, burps, and a bloated stomach leaving them restless.
If you have an allergy to a certain food then it must be avoided even if it is one of the healthy foods which is essential for post-delivery recovery.
Post-delivery diet is special and comprises especially selected ingredients with healing properties. The diet must be rich in protein, iron, minerals, vitamin, and fibre. Fresh fruits, vegetables, soft chapatis, ghee, and dry fruits like almond, fox nuts, and raisins are common essentials. Let’s read about some special food and ingredients that you should eat after delivery.
Pulses are considered rich in protein, vitamins and fibre and are therefore considered best when it comes to a post-recovery diet. Add a pinch of hing or asafoetida in its preparation and eat it to boost your energy levels.
Whether you have had a normal delivery or a C-section, oats can be consumed post both type of deliveries. They are a great source of fibre, calcium, iron, proteins, and carbohydrates. While fibre present in it helps prevent constipation, proteins assist in keeping you active.
Dalia is a great source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and protein, and facilitates adequate milk production. It is known for maintaining required energy levels and preventing constipation which is common post-pregnancy.
It is very healthy food and highly rich in calcium, minerals, vitamins, and iron. It maintains an appropriate sugar level and regulates blood flow. It is also helpful in preventing back pain which is very common at this time.
Carom seeds are known to be powerful cleansers that stimulate appetite and improve digestion. It is recommended post delivery as it is known prevents stomach discomfort and gas. While some prefer to drink ajwain water, others might eat it in the form of laddoo. It has antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, and antiseptic properties and is known to soothe the pain.
Normally consumed with jaggery or in the form of laddoos, saunth comprises fibre, vitamin E, iron, manganese, potassium, vitamin B6, etc. It is anti-inflammatory and is known to heal body from within.
Rich in potassium, magnesium, fibre, vitamin C and B6, it is normally used in Indian cooking. It is known to reduce inflammation, pregnancy wounds, and has healing properties. This is why it is used as a special ingredient and are generally eaten in the form of Laddoos after pregnancy.
Gond is rich in iron, vitamin A, protein, calcium, fibre, sodium and a lot more. This makes it great to be consumed post delivery as it provides the much-needed strength to the new mother. Further, these nutrients are passed to the baby making him/her healthy and fit. These are normally consumed as Gond ke laddoo.
It is known to have medicinal properties and has high nutritional value. It is a pain reliever, strengthen bones, and is considered highly beneficial in postpartum recovery. It is generally used as one of the ingredients in laddoos.
It is known to improve hormonal imbalance, reduce vaginal cramps, and pain, and maintain health. Further, it is helpful in digestion, prevents constipation, and even improves muscle strength.
It plays an important role in the treatment of postnatal problems and is helpful in curing excessive abdominal pain and bleeding. It is known to purify the blood, restore the uterus health, and treat infections.
It has numerous benefits and that is why it is used as an important ingredient in post pregnancy diet. It is known to balance muscles post vaginal delivery and strengthen the backbone. It energizes the female body and helps in lactation.
It is highly beneficial as it helps in improving prolactin hormone levels and ensures adequate milk supply for the baby. It also assists in overcoming exhaustion by promoting mental and physical well-being.
Nuskha Kitchen provides 50 days course for post pregnancy recovery. Preparing everything is time-taking and can make it hectic for you. We, at Nuskha, provide you ready to consume packages so that you may spend more time with your little one. The quality of ingredients that we use are superlative and everything is prepared in perfect proportion.
Our main focus is on the quality of herbs and we avoid using excessive ghee and dry fruits. Our products are well divided and comprehensively structured so as to provide complete recovery, healthy lactation and elevate baby’s growth.
Tulip pack comprises ajwain laddoo, ajwain whole, kaifal, jaifal, sonth laddoo, haldi laddoo, dashmool kaadha, lodh, battesa, gond laddoo, panchmool massage oil, danamethi mixture, isabgol herb mix, and peepal.
Orchid pack comprises ajwain laddoo, ajwain whole, kaifal, jaifal, sonth laddoo, haldi laddoo, dashmool kaadha, lodh, battesa, gond laddoo, massage oil, danamethi mixture, jeera, peepal, baby massage oil, roasted makhana, roasted kaju, moondal, roasted daliya, mukhwaas, and isabgol herb mix.
All the eatables are prepared in simple manner and are easy to consume so that it doesn’t burden the mother. Additionally, our package also consists of tips that will help the new mother in keeping hassle-free. We understand that every person is different and therefore, all our items are customized as per body type, diet preference, and climate condition.