Pregnancy is a roller coaster ride of changes. And after you give birth to your little one, these changes increase manifold. The changes are not only in your physical appearance with that cute baby bump, but also inside your body. These hormonal changes result in high highs and low lows. Mood swings, morning sickness, and feeling nauseated and confused is experienced by a lot of women.
Not only the mood changes but your body gets tired after going through the labour. Talk to any woman, who gave birth and the first few weeks will be all about confusion and crying because they are now clueless on what to do. Surge of emotions and feelings carries you away, leaving an impression on your body, soul and mind.
There are some ways to help you overcome these mood changes and will be a great help in overcoming your lows. A happy mother is the cue to a happy baby. Try out these foods we have listed out.
These foods contain the dietary requirements for your body to recover speedily and for your mood to lighten up.
- Whole grains and soaked and sprouted grains, (rice, millet, quinoa, oats, amaranth)
- Nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts)
- Healthy proteins (organic eggs and chicken, grass-fed beef, wild salmon, sardines)
- Bone broth (a nutritional powerhouse and good for just about anything)
- Soups (chicken soup, lentil soup)
- Legumes soaked to prevent gas (black beans, adzuki beans, chickpeas)
- Coconut and sesame oils and ghee for cooking vegetables
- Olive oil for drizzling over grains or veggies
- Oatmeal with fruits, dates
The key to a happy mood and a healthy body for a woman in her postpartum phase is healthy fats. They not only help with mood upliftment but also work miracles in sustaining a good milk flow. Try to work on increasing the intake of healthy fats with the help of olive oil, chicken, and fish oil. Other than healthy fats, soups work amazing with postpartum. Soups are packed with nutrients and help in the recovery of tissues. Try to stay away from sugary and processed foods and drinks like packed juices. The foods listed above are not only with physical recovery, but also with maintaining a balanced emotional quotient.
If you still feel not so healthy, look for consultation from your doctor. Remember to rest whenever you can. Nutrients work wonders but resting well helps in recovering well. Show self love and pamper yourself. Listen to good music and go out for walks. Give yourself time and don’t be harsh on yourself.