With a post pregnancy diet, mothers need to ingest nutritious food and healthy drinks to recover both emotionally and physically. Giving birth to a baby is an overwhelming experience, but ask most mothers and they will say that post pregnancy, they also feel exhausted and emotionally drained. This is only natural considering that post birth, the body once again experiences hormonal change.
Physically, your body usually feels sore and you don’t have the energy to take care of your baby, yourself and your family. Then again, hormonal changes can result in what is commonly termed as, ‘baby blues’, which means you will feel low and emotional. Eating healthy is very important at this stage. While consuming the right diet is essential to get back on your feet, drinking the right drinks can also make a difference. Here are some drinks that you can include in your daily diet.
Drink Plenty of Water
Hydration is very important and so you should drink plenty of water, more so if you are breast feeding. This is because drinking water facilitates the flow of milk and also helps melt fat in the body. The added benefit is that drinking water can also help you get back into shape. As a rule of thumb, you should drink at least eight glasses of water everyday. If you find the water insipid, you can add a few drops of lemon in it.
Benefits of Drinking Green Tea
If there is one supplement that is highly recommended for wellness, health and general sense of well being, it is green tea. Highly used in Asian countries like China and Japan, it is steadily rising in popularity in the United States and other countries across the globe. Including green tea in your post pregnancy diet can be highly beneficial, but be sure to choose the decaffeinated versions.
Various studies have shown that green tea increases the oxidation of fat in the body, thereby facilitating weight loss. It naturally follows that green tea combined with healthy diet and moderate exercise can help you reduce weight.
Drinks to Avoid
Post pregnancy, it is a good idea to avoid alcohol or keep the intake to a minimal level. It is especially a good idea to avoid taking alcohol altogether before a feed. Doctors usually recommend less than eight units a week and no more than two units a day (One unit equals half a pint of beer or one glass of wine).
Caffeine, too, is not recommended, as it can make you and your baby jittery and irritable. As already mentioned above, decaffinated green tea can be a better alternative.
Avoid aerated drinks, tea and other such drinks which contain sugar. You would be surprised at how much of a difference sugar can make to your weight.