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Postpartum Dieting Mistakes

Incorrect postpartum diet can be risky. Therefore, new moms should be careful about what they eat and should always consult doctor. Read on to find about the postpartum dieting mistakes. 

It is a very wrong idea that you can go back  to your earlier dietary routine as soon as you give birth to your baby. You  cannot go on eating just like you had been before you carried the baby, neither  can you cut off your diet in order to get  back into shape. These are two most prominent dietary mistakes that new  mothers do postpartum.

Postpartum  Dietary Mistakes to be Avoided

It needs to be understood that a new mom is  expected to feel fatigued pretty easily. Her body has gone through the rigours  of childbirth and it is still in the healing process. And the new routine of taking care of  the baby will naturally call for fatigue. So, one should not make a dieting  mistake of either cutting down calories, or having food that contributes  nothing nutrition-wise.

Accumulating  Carbs that are Not Required

Do not make a mistake of piling on  carbohydrates, just because you feel that you need energy. Remember, you need  energy that is naturally available from the nutrition in the food. It is a big  mistake to go for refined carbs like sugar coated junk and white breads. These  food items will not fulfil your requirements and leave you feeling persistently  deprived and hungry. They will simply spike up the blood sugar levels and you  will end up feeling tired and exhausted.

Cutting  Down on Calories Drastically

Remember, a human body cannot bounce back to  its previous shape and weight overnight. Be patient and allow your body to get  adjusted to the changes. Cutting down on calories is a biggest mistake that new  moms tend to do postpartum. Although it is true that significant weight  loss is possible with crash dieting, but it is also true that at the same  time it does irreparable damage to the body. The body gets deprived of the  necessary nutrients and it results in feelings of weakness and other associated  problems that are related to weakness. It is harmful for both your well being  and the newborn as well.

You also need to know how the body reacts  when you are on a crash diet. Since your body is already stressed and exhausted  due to the rigours of childbirth, it is natural that will need incentive to  carry on. It needs energy and this comes from calories, but those should be  obtained from foods that are beneficial for the body in terms of nutrient  content. So, do not add stress to your body by cutting down on vital nutrients.  Otherwise, your body will use your muscles to obtain the required energy and  simultaneously store additional fat; which of course, will do nothing to help  you in losing those extra pounds. 

Avoid  Dieting Experiments

In an attempt to lose the flab postpartum, new  moms are prone to try out various diets that they happen to come across in  lifestyle magazines or experiment on their own ideas. This too, is a serious  dietary mistake. It is always advisable to seek the advice of an expert  nutritionist when you are planning your postpartum  diet. Remember, something that perhaps would have been a healthy option  before having a baby may not prove to be the same now. Your body has changed  and you must respect it.

  • So avoid raw sushis, or any uncooked food item.
  • Do not have anything that has high bacterial content
  • Avoid cold food as during postpartum, the digestive system gets pressurised.

The period of postpartum is a period of extra  care and healthy eating. New mothers should be made aware of the importance of  healthy diet so that they do not resort to dieting due to misunderstanding.  Awareness about the common dieting mistakes will help in making healthy food  choices. Healthy foods provide energy and also aid in losing weight gained  during pregnancy. Also overeating of healthy food is a strict no-no during  postpartum period. Simple, healthy meals can prevent many postpartum dieting  mistakes.

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