Many people think about the food they eat while they are pregnant but give little thought to what nutrition will look like during the postpartum period. Too often new parents grab whatever is handy or just skip eating all together.

Taking care of yourself helps you take care of your new baby!

It’s important to remember that giving birth takes a toll on your body and you will need time to recover. One of the tools that helps that recovery go better and faster is good nutrition.

The Postnatal Cookbook can be a good place to begin your preparation.

The beginning of the book is short and sweet… and perfect to read the last couple weeks of pregnancy or the first few days of postpartum. It touches on the basics of postpartum recovery, your nutrition needs during that time, and mental health considerations. The author, Jaren Soloff, RD, is also an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) so the book contains a section on how nutrition can support lactation. Then it gets cooking!

There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus snacks and sides. The vast majority are ready in under 30 minutes or quickly prepped and slow cooked. Many are complete meals in one dish or easy to eat with one hand (a definite plus when holding a newborn!) There is extensive variety in ingredients and flavors so there is something for everyone, and they are all designed to provide you with the nutrients you need. Each also includes a #MomHack tip that can make this transition time easier to navigate.

Remember that taking care of your nutritional needs is important to your recovery after birth. Plus taking care of yourself helps you better take care of your new baby. Find the resources you need to make the transition to parenthood a little smoother.

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