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Q: I’m so tired since the  arrival of my baby and I’ve  heard you talk about the  benefits of a good diet. Can  you share some tips?

You’ve spent the past nine  months looking after yourself  better than ever before. When  the baby arrives nearly all  new Mums tend to neglect  themselves as all the focus is  on this precious new bundle.  Your body has gone through  enormous changes and will continue to go through  changes in the weeks after  you give birth. It’s for this  reason that you need to eat well and look after yourself better than ever so that you remain healthy so you can cope with being a new Mum.

If you’ve had a C-section or stitches vitamin C will help you heal. Citrus fruits and kiwis have loads of vitamin C. Vitamin C also aids the absorption of iron, which will help with energy levels. A bowl of porridge in the morning will set you up for the day. Oats are rich in iron, calcium and magnesium that are vital for your depleted mineral stores after labour. If you’re breastfeeding you’ll need lots of calcium for your baby’s bones and teeth and eating yogurts (or green leafy veg) is a quick and convenient way to get calcium.

One thing a new Mum has very little of is time so you need to find foods that are convenient. I remember going through most days forgetting to eat until someone put food In front of me. This is something a family member can help with by preparing meals and helping with shopping in the early days.

Eskimo3-cap-CMYK-RWH_3800I would recommend taking the ESKIMO- 3 Omega 3 with vitamin E supplement, which will help ward off the baby blues, and also a good Vitamin D supplement, which is crucial for healthy bones and teeth.

eskimo_brain_caps vit dEskimo also do another one that contains Vitamin D so you can kill two birds with one stone!! www.eskimo3.ie

 

You need to eat protein to help repair your cells. Snacking on nuts and seeds is an easy way to get some protein or eating lean meats like chicken. Scrambled egg on toast for a snack is also packed full of protein and energy and make all your bread wholegrain instead of white. If you’re having toilet trouble post birth eat and drink prunes. Prunes were my savior and I’m sure all you new Mums know what I mean!

Top Tips:

1: Make life easy and eat nourishing food that’s convenient. Take your Omegas and rest when you can.

2: Tryptophan rich foods like bananas, turkey, spinach and eggs will help you sleep. Tryptophan is an amino acid that produces calming hormones that slow down the brain and make you sleepy but need to be eaten alongside carbohydrates to access the brain so banana and toast is a perfect combo.

3: www.gourmetfuel.com is an amazing new company for new mums who want nutritious meals tailored for them post birth.They have a package for new Mums where they can train and have their perfect food delivered for a month or 6 weeks, depending on what they want.  They also have hampers for new Mums and Dads of good, wholesome, nutritious dinners. Just what you need after baby comes home! email emma emma@gourmetfuel.com 

AS PRINTED IN THE DAILY MAIL:

placenta-picture-d-300x240 PLACENTA encapsulation only came to my attention recently through Lisa O’Leary from placentaencapsulationcork.com. I also have a friend who drank     her placenta in a smoothie because of the post-birth health benefits.

It can lead to an increase in energy and in the amount of milk produced. It can    also slow down or even stop postpartum haemorrhaging. This leads to an  overall faster recovery post-birth.

In my opinion we are pretty much kept in the dark when expecting our first    baby here in Ireland. If I was blessed with another baby, there are so many  things I would do differently, including getting my placenta turned into  capsules.

Having suffered from postnatal depression first time round I would try everything to help prevent it. Consuming the placenta in raw smoothies or in capsules allows the mother to replace the essential nutrients and hormones lost during birth and it may entirely prevent post-natal depression.

Studies have shown that the symptoms of post-natal depression are linked to a severe lack of essential nutrients such as vitamin B6 and the hormone CRH (the stress reducer hormone), both of which are in plentiful supply in the placenta.

The placenta itself has long been thought of as a magical part of the creation of a baby as it physically connects the mother to the unborn child, feeding essential oxygen, nutrients and vitamins to the child.

During and after the birth, women lose one eighth to one tenth of their blood supply from the bleeding wound which is left inside the uterus, where the placenta was previously attached for nine months.

It’s believed that if you consume the placenta, you can make up for this loss as it provides the new mother with essential fats, protein, vast amounts of iron, and essential hormones which help to heal the wounds and help the body recover.

The benefits of consuming the placenta are now being rediscovered and scientists are beginning to study placentophagy. With this in mind, you should try to deliver the placenta naturally and keep it safe until encapsulation. Many of the hospitals now regularly administer an artificial hormone-based injection, Syntometrine, to speed up the third stage of labour and the delivery of the placenta, especially when the baby is being delivered by Caesarean section.Dried placenta powder was recognised as a potent medicine in Europe for centuries and was used to treat and cure many ailments, mostly related to birth. However since the late 19th century most natural birthing methods have been replaced by modern techniques and, as a result, traditions were lost.

You should see if it’s possible to avoid this to prevent artificial hormones presenting in the blood and the placental tissues.

However, the Syntometrine injection does not prevent you from benefiting from placenta encapsulation nor do Caesarean section births. I recommend researching it fully through on placentanetwork.com. It generally ranges from €150 to €300 per encapsulation. Some specialists are able to offer a discount for those in financial difficulties — so do ask for details.

PLEASE COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR THOUGHTS,

THANKS,

ALI XX