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
Finding a balance with your nutrition and well-being can be hard in those hectic first few weeks, but know that there is support.
You might want to consider taking a daily supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D. Speak to your GP for more information on what is right for you.
If you are breastfeeding try switching to naturally caffeine-free teas such as red bush or peppermint, or give decaf ‘builder’s tea’ a go.
If you are breastfeeding drinking in moderation (one or two drinks within a 24-hour period) is thought to be fine, so long as you wait a few hours before feeding your baby.
Breastfeeding and tiredness can make you feel ravenous so make sure you have a selection of nutritious and tasty snacks to hand.
If you are finding eating or feeding a struggle or are feeling overwhelmed speak to your doctor or health visitor – they are there to help and support you.
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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