Eating as a new parent
listen to your body as a new parent.
A combination of tiredness and a whole world of new experiences mean it’s important to try and look after yourself – as well as your baby – in those first weeks. Here’s our guide to making sure you listen to your body & get the support you need
Try to sleep when your baby sleeps – it will mean naps at odd times of day, but for these first weeks go with the flow.
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Try to ensure you are eating a healthy balanced diet with plenty of fresh vegetables & complex carbs to keep those energy levels up.
Good news is you can now add some foods back onto your shopping list; brie anyone?
From your partner and friends and relatives; its especially helpful to have someone bring round a meal or some groceries.
Gentle exercise like walking can help you feel less tired; but do what you feel able to & don’t push yourself.
Balance as a new parent
For the first few weeks, balance seems impossible but soon you’ll learn to juggle things. Here are a few pointers
A daily supplement might be just what you need. Find out what your GP thinks; a spot of vitamin D could be just what the doctor orders.
drink less coffee
Caffeine is going to make kipping alongside your kid’s sporadic sleep routine harder than it already is. Opt for a decaf builder’s brew, peppermint tea or camomile instead.
stick to one or two drinks
Yes, you’re allowed to have a drink but make sure it’s a few hours before breastfeeding just to be on the safe side. Alcohol can interrupt your sleep just like caffeine, so keep that in mind too.
Breastfeeding and tiredness can make you feel ravenous so make sure you have a selection of nutritious and tasty snacks to hand.
Your health visitor? Yeah, not just for the baby. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask for a bit of advice.
taste adventures as a new parent
Healthy nutritious snacks will help you through the tiredness, but if you are struggling for ideas we’ve put together some suggestions to help – many of which can be bought in bulk and kept in your cupboard or fridge.
Frozen fruit blended
into a smoothie
Wholemeal toast with
nutbutter or marmite.
Dips such as hummus
with veg or crackers
Oatcakes with nut
butter or cream cheese
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