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How can iron help me after childbirth?

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Iron helps your body make new blood cells, which is especially important if you lost a lot of blood during your delivery. Red meat and poultry are high in iron. So are tofu and beans. Whether you eat meat or go vegetarian, 15 milligrams daily should be your goal.

If you had twins, have a health condition, or are vegan, check with your doctor. You may need a supplement to get the right nutrition.

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Postpartum Counseling.”

Sutter Health CPMC: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Sutter Health: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Nutrition Services in Perinatal Care: 2 Edition nd : “Ch. 2: Nutritional Concerns of Women in the Preconceptional, Prenatal and Postpartum Periods.”

Eatright.org/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Tips for Healthy Post-Partum Weight Loss.”

United States Department of Agriculture: “Tips for Breastfeeding Moms.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “The New Mother -- Taking Care of Yourself After Birth.”

ParentHealth123/WithinReach: “Postpartum Diet and Exercise.”

Mayo Clinic: “Infant and Toddler Health.”

First Steps Nutrition Trust: “Eating Well for New Mums.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Postpartum Counseling.”

Sutter Health CPMC: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Sutter Health: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Nutrition Services in Perinatal Care: 2 Edition nd : “Ch. 2: Nutritional Concerns of Women in the Preconceptional, Prenatal and Postpartum Periods.”

Eatright.org/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Tips for Healthy Post-Partum Weight Loss.”

United States Department of Agriculture: “Tips for Breastfeeding Moms.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “The New Mother -- Taking Care of Yourself After Birth.”

ParentHealth123/WithinReach: “Postpartum Diet and Exercise.”

Mayo Clinic: “Infant and Toddler Health.”

First Steps Nutrition Trust: “Eating Well for New Mums.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

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