The postpartum time is all about healing from the marathon of pregnancy and birth! Along with intense healing and recovery, you might also be supplying all the nutrition for your little one if you are breastfeeding. All this takes a lot of energy to upkeep day in and day out, meaning that your nutrition is just as important now as it was when you were pregnant. But don’t worry, eating a nourishing, nutrient-dense diet can be simple and painless, even during your most sleep deprived days. While this is not an all-encompassing list of everything your body needs postpartum (i.e. all the vitamins, minerals, and TLC), it is a good place to start for choosing nourishing foods for the postpartum time. Incorporating these five essentials will help to keep you fed while also nourishing and hydrating your body. Which then leads to keeping baby fed, nourished, and hydrated! Below we’ll discuss key components to include in your postpartum protocol along with plenty of make-ahead recipes to keep you going through your 4th trimester.
Today we are chatting protein! Or more specifically amino acids, but before we dive in let’s kick this post off with a little refresher on that 9th grade biology class: Protein is one of the dietary macronutrients and is made up of amino acids. The body breaks down dietary protein into amino acids for use as enzymes, hormones, antibodies, and hemoglobin. Of all the things amino acids do, one of their most important functions is tissue growth and repair.. (1) There are 20 amino acids that the body will use, but 9 are considered essential, meaning we need to get them from our diet! During times of illness and stress, another subcategory of amino acids appears: conditionally essential amino acids such as glycine. Conditionally essential amino acids are also indicated appear during pregnancy and postpartum!
You’re newly pregnant. Congratulations! Maybe you’re celebrating, doing a little dance, or maybe you’re still processing and letting the news really settle in. After a few important phone calls and conversations, the prenatal checklist of do’s and don’t’s starts to emerge. Less alcohol, more water. Less sugar, more vegetables. And of course, you start taking your prenatal supplements.
But here’s the question I get regularly…
“What if I’m already eating a really solid nutrient-dense diet? Shouldn’t I be able to just eat more and get everything I need from food? Do I really need to take a supplement on top of my diet?”