There is a reason the mommy makeover has become such a popular procedure over recent times; it masks over the post-baby belly that women have in the immediate aftermath of giving birth.
Unfortunately, even though there’s no longer a baby residing there, the belly doesn’t return to “normality” for some time. In fact, in some cases, it might never happen.
Aside from the appearance-factor here, there are health considerations to take into account. After all, with so much attention on reducing the post-baby belly, it can become easy to neglect basic dietary principles.
This article will aim to strike a balance, and we will now take a look at some of the best postpartum dietary tips to ensure that you and your baby are in tip-top health, and your belly is on the road to recovery.
Make Sure You Consume Enough Calories
One of the most interesting statistics about breastfeeding is that it can consume a huge number of calories (500 to be precise).
This obviously has a monumental impact on your diet. Whilst it can be tempting to try and shirk away from some foods, in a bid to lose weight, your body most likely needs them. It needs extra calories, with some sources suggesting that you should be turning to a minimum of 2,000 calories per day to stay safe.
The Importance Of Liquids
Something else that many of us neglect during the breastfeeding process is hydration. Again, when you breastfeed, you are losing liquids. This means that many of you will feel thirstier than you did before you give birth.
Of course, the solution here is simple; drink more water. Do this and you’ll be doing wonders for your own health. Not only that, but if you are adequately hydrated, it will reduce the chances of you overeating.
Focus On The Nutrient-Factor
Again, this is all about getting utter goodness to your body, but another step you should be taking is ensuring that you take in sufficient nutrients. Ultimately, you need to be avoiding processed foods. An easy way to do this is to check each and every ingredient label and ensure that it contains at least five that you can comfortably identify.
Another quick tip is in relation to fruits. All fruits can help you, but in terms of getting more nutritional impact turn to ones which are of a darker color.
Bulk Cooking Might Be Your Best Friend
Unfortunately, if you have already given birth, this final tip might be a little more difficult to implement. This is because when your little one does arrive; your time is immediately consumed by them and eating properly takes a back seat.
As such, if you are reading this before the big day, try and cook in bulk. Freeze as many meals as you possibly can, just so that you can easily get all of those valuable nutrients and eat as healthily as possible when your little one comes into your life.