Postpartum Wellness Series – Nutrition
Welcome to our Postpartum Wellness
Series. Each week we will look at one
area you can influence to help the days and weeks after you bring your baby
home be just a little bit smoother.
These early days with your sweet pea are the
most precious – they will never be this small again. It is a good and worthy
endeavor to make these first memories as well as they can be made for your
family. My goal with this 8-week series is to offer some practical tips that
you can employ without any extra purchases outside of your normal postpartum
"I deserve to nourish my body and my baby with fresh, energizing food every day."
The one thing we can all do for our growing sweet peas is make an effort to eat well. As we come into the summer season, there is the opportunity to purchase from local farmers at community markets, and there are LOTS of sales at the stores.
If you need to watch the budget, check out your grocery store circulars that come in the mail. I also like theEWG Dirty Dozenlist. You can see it online or download it as an "app" on the smart phone.
Q: How do I know if my Sweet Pea is ready for solids?
A: There are four things to look for!!
First of all, you want to be sure that your baby is interested.
Q: Is taking a Vitamin C pill as good as eating food rich in Vitamin C?
A: If that is the best you can do, then do it. Optimally, your body is looking for "bioavailable" vitamins and minerals...
During pregnancy, we encourage our students to get a daily serving of Vitamin C and five servings of Vitamin A every week.
Give me an A!!
Vitamin A is involved in
immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication . Vitamin A also supports cell growth and plays
a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys,
and other organs.
Most fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin A have yellow or orange-colored flesh.
an essential nutrient. If you were to completely eliminate salt from your diet,
your body would cease to function. There is an increased need for salt during
pregnancy because of the extra demands the baby places on the mother's body. It helps to maintain an
adequate blood volume for a safe, healthy pregnancy.
Water is essential for good
health. Pure water (nothing mixed in) is best for re-hydration of the body.
Bottled or filtered water may be necessary, depending on your water source at your home or workplace. In the mother, water acts as a solvent and catalyst for biological
– so what’s the skinny on fats?
and oils are needed in your diet to help your body absorb the fat-soluble
vitamins A, D, E, and K. Fats and oils also contribute to a fine-textured
(stretchable) skin. They are concentrated sources of calories. The food energy
or calorie need is increased in pregnancy to a minimum of 2500-3000 calories
In today's VLOG, here are the TOP 3 reasons to include Vitamin C foods 1-2 times per day when you are pregnant (and breastfeeding!)
It is important for the manufacture of collagen,
the substance that holds tissue together. Think: strengthening the uterus, your
ligaments and soft tissue around your pelvis.
Hello! We are almost halfway through our nutrition series...is your pregnancy or breastfeeding diet experiencing a small shift?
Here is today's video on whole grains:
Whole grains are important for the growth and normal functioning of nerve tissue, and also to provide fuel for mama's body.