Why is nutrition after delivery and C section important?
Diet plays a pivotal role for every mother after delivery. Not only it helps in speedy recovery but at the same time, it also provides the infant with the right nutrients while breastfeeding. Mothers milk is the only source of nutrition for the baby in the initial months. Hence, the mother needs to ensure that she eats well both for herself and for her new born. Eating a good diet also helps in healing the stomach wall and uterus, which goes through a lot during the surgery.
The best diet after the Cesarean surgery
The diet of a mother should be a mix of foods which are loaded with all essential nutrients in the right quantity. Below is the list of foods that you should eat after your c-section.
Protein, calcium and minerals rich food
Protein are the building blocks of cells. They help in the growth of new tissue cells and help in quickly healing the body. Calcium on the other hand helps in maintaining the strength of bones and teeth, aids in blood coagulation and relaxes muscles. It also helps to transfer the required daily intake of 250-350 mg of calcium to the newborn. Products such as skimmed milk, cheese, beans and dried peas are an excellent source of protein for the mother
Vitamin rich food is very important after c section. It helps in repairing tissues and assist in the production of collagen which helps in making the new tissues, skin and ligaments. Vegetables like spinach, broccoli and fenugreek are a good source of vitamin A and C, it also has dietary calcium and iron. Mothers should also consume fruits like oranges, watermelon, strawberries and grape fruits which are a rich source of vitamin C that help in strengthening the immune system and combating infections.
Pasta, brown bread and brown rice, these food items are rich in whole grains and should be an integral part of your diet as they help in maintaining the energy levels and the production of breast milk. Whole grain products are enriched with iron, folic acid and fibre that are essential in the early stages of the development of the baby.
Fibre Rich Foods
Food rich in fibre are required by the body to combat constipation to ensure a hassle free bowel movement. Constipation can delay the process of healing by putting pressure on the wounds and incisions. Consumption of raw fruits and vegetables can help in adding the required roughage to ease out bowel movements. You can also opt for oats and ragi as they have high fibre content too, for breakfast.
Foods that are easy to digest, iron rich and fluids
Eating food items that are easy to digest help prevent from gas formation and bloating. The body accumulates excessive gas after delivery. Mothers need to be careful after giving birth as too much gas and constipation can be a cause of eating the wrong type of foods, which can cause further complications after surgery. The mother should also consume iron rich foods, as the body loses a lot of blood during surgery. Fluids are also a very essential part for preventing constipation and dehydration at bay.
In addition to the above nutritional needs, the mother should also add hing/asafoetida, jeera and ajwain in her diet. Hing helps in digestion and eases out gas. Jeera helps in digestion and production of milk for nursing mothers. Ajwain helps in regulating bowel movement of both mother and her child.