Whilst your GP may give you the green light to get back to exercise at your 6-week check, your body needs time to heal post birth – particularly if you had an episiotomy, stitches, C-section or an assisted birth.
There are 4 stages of wound healing and this process takes at least 1 year to be complete
and in some cases up to 2 years. Often what is overlooked is the part nutrition plays in healing.
Whilst the temptation is to restrict calories once baby is here in an attempt to ‘lose the baby weight’, your body needs fuel – the right kind of fuel to heal post baby.
My top tips for post natal nutrition are:
• Eat enough! Healing requires energy
• Eat good quality protein as they’re the body’s building blocks for repair
• Eat lots of fruit and veggies for vitamins & minerals to support healing processes
• Eat essential fats (e.g. avocado, coconut oil, etc.) for energy & repair
• Look after your gut health & bowel movements as they impact on absorption of nutrients, bloating & pelvic health
• Keep hydrated, particularly if you’re breast feeding. Much of the tissue that’s trying to heal needs water
• Try to avoid processed foods, sugar, alcohol, caffeine & stress as all of these are inflammatory & slow healing
ULTIMATELY, JUST EAT REAL FOOD!