Immediately after birth, your body changes in many ways, due to the shock of the birth process – even if you’ve had a natural birth with no interventions. Maybe you found yourself shaking afterwards – this is a completely normal way for the body to release this shock. (Watch the video below)
Understanding your body after birth and the changes to your digestion is something traditional cultures have had in place for centuries. One of the main changes is in the digestive system, and the lack of ‘digestive fire’ in the belly, or, enzymes and digestive juices.
This information about postpartum care has unfortunately not transferred over to the western world very well, and not a lot of research / studies have even been done to find out what happens physiologically after birth.
When you’ve had your baby, if your meals aren’t supporting proper digestion, you go back to eating your normal diet, chances are you’re causing the digestive system to be burdened. This results in many many women having bloating, gas, reflux, constipation and hormone imbalances beyond the normal/expected hormonal fluctuations that initially occur.
Now, if you had any medical interventions, this is even more of a burden on the body as it tries to detoxify from the chemicals, heal externally the caesarean scars as well as internally where the placenta was.
Because you have just grown a baby for 9 months, then birthed the baby, and most likely breastfeeding to sustain this little life, your nutritional needs are massive. However, if you’re not eating correctly, you won’t be absorbing the vitamins and minerals you need, for your health and producing quality breast milk.
So a nourishment plan is vital for a mothers wellbeing immediately after birth. It’s the key to faster healing, health and wellbeing for all mums.
Meals that are simple, warm or hot (not spicy), easy to digest and rich in proteins and quality fats are a necessity for those first couple of months postpartum.
And, if you’re farther along, even years down the track – like I was – and you’re finding you’re still suffering from these physical symptoms and never really recovered your energy back then please listen up.
Look after your digestive system. With my 5th baby, during the pregnancy and postpartum I was eating a lot raw, vegan foods. Now there’s nothing wrong with these if you’re not postpartum or have digestive or other issues. They take a lot of enzymes to digest though.
Warm foods and drinks help with healing, brings in circulation and so having a cold smoothie or drinks does not serve a postpartum body at all. Drink water at room temperature.
Proteins and fats help regenerate tissues, build cells and assists with production of breastmilk.
Women who have received these nutritional needs after childbirth recover from birth a lot more quickly. When you have a well functioning digestive system you can most likely avoid thyroid or auto immune issues, mood fluctuations and other health challenges down the track.
Now, if you’re wondering how you can possibly keep up with all this after you’ve had a baby, this is why it’s really important to have a plan in place. It’s one thing to have a birth plan, another altogether for your postpartum care and needs.
Imagine, even if you’re already months into postpartum, having the support and guidance with an actual eating plan with recipes, meal plan, shopping list and snack list ready to go.
Would you feel cared for? Would you feel like that’s a big load off your shoulders, and you can even give directions to family and friends when they don’t know how to help you or what to bring you?
This is what I do! I help mamas like you replenish your nutrients, reclaim your vitality – you know you’re going to need it with little ones! – and feel great again. Perhaps even better than before you had your baby.