A Top Nutritionist Shares Energizing Tips for Tired New Moms
You love your newborn baby — their coos, cries, and tiny fingers are adorbs. But sleep deprivation has you feeling like an extra on the set of The Walking Dead. We hear ya. Maybe you’re trying this souped-up swaddle that promises to help your babe sleep longer, sneaking in sleep, or using delivery services to save you some time so you can nap. Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, the New York Times best-selling author of Beauty Detox and Radical Beauty and a brand-new mom, shares her best nutrition tips and ways to stay energized when you’re taking care of a little one and yourself.
1. Eat mood-boosting foods. Post-partum, your body will go through many hormonal changes, so your mood will fluctuate. And hello, you gave birth! Snyder recommends eating bananas, mushrooms, quinoa, brown rice, leafy greens, avocado, walnuts, and flaxseeds to help balance your moods. “It is best to eat the most nutritious foods possible, because you’re working hard to recover from the miraculous event of giving birth,” explains Snyder. (Photo via Timothy Nesmith)
2. Avoid dairy. Babies are often sensitive to proteins in cow’s milk. “It’s usually one of the first things breastfeeding moms are told to eliminate from their diets when their babies are fussy after eating or have bowel issues,” Snyder shares. Substitute your regular dairy foods with vegan cheeses, coconut milk yogurts, and hemp milk.
3. Sip on soups. “Soups are full of hydrating liquid and are great for digestion,” Snyder tells us. She recommends clear, veggie-based soups for optimum nourishment and hydration, which are essential for breastfeeding mamas. (Check out these 19 vegetarian soups for recipe ideas!)