Nutrition After Childbirth
In recognition of March being National Nutrition Month, we are highlighting healthy eating habits for moms who recently had a baby.
In the months following childbirth, most new moms of healthy weight need about 1,800 to 2,200 total calories per day. If mom is nursing, she will need about 450-500 additional calories each day to make breast milk for her baby. If mom is underweight, works out more than 45 minutes a day, or is breastfeeding more than one infant, that number increases. Talk to your obstetrician to figure out the right amount for you and to determine the continuation of vitamin supplementation.
A special note about seafood: It’s good to eat fish and seafood 2–3 times a week, but avoid eating fish with high mercury levels. Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish, and limit albacore tuna to 6 ounces a week. If you eat fish caught in local waters, check for advisories about mercury or other pollutants. If no information is available, limit your intake of such fish to 6 ounces a week, and do not eat any other fish that week.
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