Apart from focusing on key foods and nutrients, there are 3 ground rules on eating for new mums below:
Food rules for new mums – Number 1
Remember to eat! Skipping meals is often unavoidable, but going all day with no food leaves you at the mercy of all the snack foods you promised yourself you were not going to eat when you had the baby. You also miss out on nutrients like iron, which can leave you feeling even more tired. Try to have breakfast, lunch and dinner, even if they are not at the conventional times.
Food rules for new mums – Number 2
Say yes to anyone who offers to cook or deliver meals. And don’t be afraid to ask friends and family to do this for you. It really is worth buying in some ready-made meals to have in the freezer or plan ahead and cook and freeze a few stews, casseroles and Bolognese sauces to have at your fingertips when a crying baby makes actual cooking impossible.
Food rules for new mums – Number 3
Stock your freezer and store cupboard. Frozen bread and baked beans make an instant meal when you haven’t had a chance to get to the shops and tinned fish is great in sandwiches – just add an apple to get one of your five-a-day. Some foods last longer in the fridge than others so they make good options when shopping. Some great foods to stock up on are:
- Small pitta breads
- Whole grain sliced bread
- Sliced ham
- Tins of fish
- Tins of sweetcorn
- Baked beans
- Other beans (if you like chickpeas or kidney beans)
- Good salad dressing
- Cheese Cherry tomatoes
- Apples Milk or calcium-fortified soy milk
- Sunflower seeds
Using Your Stores
Sliced bread and pitta pockets can be stored in the freezer and defrosted in the toaster to eat filled with ham and tomatoes or tinned fish mixed with sweetcorn.
Apples and cherry tomatoes can be eaten alongside your sandwich for some extra vitamins so even if you don’t get a chance to cook dinner, you are still getting some of your five-a-day.
Veg sticks are another great way to boost vitamins and fibre – try this recipe: cut up carrots and cucumber into sticks. Add a squeeze of lime juice and sprinkle over a small amount of salt. Leave for five minutes and enjoy (this makes a great replacement for crisps and other salty snacks).
Add sunflower seeds to yogurts for a quick, filling snack or sprinkle them over sliced tomatoes and cucumber with a splash of salad dressing.
Add a tin of salmon for extra protein.
Bean salads a small tin of chickpeas or kidney beans with chopped cucumbers and tomatoes, salad dressing and grated cheese.
And finally, don’t stress if you don’t have the perfect diet/figure/house when you have a new baby. ‘Supermum’ is a myth, and getting stressed about the perfect diet is just going to make a demanding time more difficult. It takes most women about six months to get their head around a first baby, so relax, take your time and take any help offered!
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