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Best Foods for New Moms

Stock Your Kitchen With Healthy Foods

Stock your kitchen with quality whole foods that require minimal preparation and are easy to prepare.

“During this period, moms need to rely more heavily on packaged, prepared foods but they need to be choosy and select ones that contain the least amount of artificial ingredients and chemicals," Koff says.

Boost nutrient content of your meals by tossing in frozen fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds into soups, egg dishes, and salads.

Focus on Eating for Energy, Not Losing Weight

Cut yourself some slack and let those skinny jeans stay in the back of your closet for awhile. New moms need at least three months to recover from the stress of pregnancy before they start thinking about dieting, says Ward, who cautions that restrictive dieting can affect milk supply, energy level, and the healing process.

“You will slowly lose weight if you skip the empty-calorie treats and choose quality foods packed with nutrients, but be prepared to give yourself 6-10 months to get back in shape," Ward says.

Once your doctor gives you the OK to start exercising, begin with easy, no-impact exercise like walking, Pilates, or yoga poses that don’t feel stressful on the body, says celebrity fitness trainer Kathy Kaehler.

There is no magic time table to get back to your prepregnancy weight. “It’s normal to want your body back right away, but be realistic and remember it took nine months to get to term and it can take just as long to get back in shape,” says Kaehler who encourages slowly easing back into your exercise routine.

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

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Reviewed on October 15, 2013
Edited on June 29, 2011

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