Most new mothers don’t take extra nutrition

Dr Alka Bharti, an executive nutritionist in Motherhood Hospital, Pune, shares how a new mother can take some extra care of themselves by taking care of their baby


A new mother, post-delivery, goes through many changes both physically and emotionally. Therefore, she needs to take care of herself by having a sufficient amount of nutrients that would rebuild her strength. However, their diet changes with changing lifestyle, which, directly or indirectly, effect on infant’s growth and nourishment.

Almost 70% of new mothers give up on their healthy eating lifestyle after two months of delivery because either they are working moms, or they live in a nuclear family, which makes it difficult for them to follow the diet.

It is essential for them to eat well for the whole six months while breastfeeding the baby. Poor diet not only affects the growth of the baby but also the health and well-being.

Therefore, new mothers are advised to have a healthy diet with proportions of calories, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. She can continue the healthy eating that used to follow during pregnancy.

Sticking to a diet is not rocket science; all you need to have is dedication and honesty with yourself. By following few simple steps you could manage your cravings and could eat healthy all day long without compromising your professional as well as personal life.

Follow a daily routine for your diet.

  • Follow 5-6 meal pattern in a day which includes protein, leafy vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and enough amount of water.
  • You can include dry fruits, energy bars, dry fruit laddoos, fruits, among others, in case you wish to munch on something.
  • Avoid oily and spicy food, excessive tea and coffee.

Also, mothers, who wish to shed off some post-pregnancy weight immediately after delivery without compromising on their nutritional diet could accomplish it by cutting out high-fat snacks and concentrating on diet plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, balanced with proteins and carbohydrates. Exercise and yoga also help burn calories and tone muscles and limbs.