Your Postpartum Diet: Tips to Stay Healthy (page 2)

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Updated on Feb 22, 2012

Nursing Needs

You've probably noticed by now that newborns need to eat. A lot. Because of this, you might be glued to a comfy chair, watching infomercials for a lot of the first few weeks. Since you'll be in a stationary position, prepare a nursing station with water, snacks like whole grain crackers and a book close by. This ensures that breastfeeding doesn't become an excuse to not eat or drink properly.

The Finish Line

After six weeks have gone by, you'll head back into your doctor's office for a checkup. As long as you've healed properly, your doctor will give you the OK to start exercising for weight loss. While you're probably excited to shed excess pounds, remember that you should always be consuming enough calories to support both you and your baby, which means adding another 300 calories to whichever diet plan you choose to follow.

It's understandable that you're eager to return to your former glory, but when you're thinking about postpartum weight loss, be smart. It takes a combination of ample rest, 30 minutes of daily exercise and an adequate, healthy diet to see a change in your body. Be patient with your mummy tummy and other parts that have changed drastically, remembering that slow and steady wins the weight loss race.

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