Planning Pays Off, part 3 - Don't Forget to Eat

Welcome to the third week of our blog series, Planning Pays Off! If you're just joining us, you'll want to head here first to get the overview on what the fourth trimester is and why it matters. Make sure you check out the previous week's blog here to learn how to manage the door. Take these simple planning steps now to help have a more calm first few weeks home with your baby.


Ok, I know it sounds ridiculous. Don't forget to eat. Like that is even possible. I mean, we're grownups, right?

But let's be honest. As a young, single adult, did you ever forget to eat? Or did you make poor nutrition choices? Or were you lured by the ease and convenience of fast food?

Health salad in a bowl

It's easy to fall into poor nutrition traps. especially when you're tired, overwhelmed and hyper-focused on this tiny new human in your home.

Now more than ever, you're going to need good nutrition.

You're going to need food that is healthy, quick to prepare and easy to consume.

The first few weeks is not a time to diet, it's not even a time to entertain thoughts of getting back to your pre-pregnancy figure. In fact, the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals states "Caloric intake should not fall below 1,800 Kcal/day, and this figure may need to be revised upward on the basis of such considerations as breastfeeding, nutritional status, and level of activity.1,4 Inadequate caloric intake may increase postpartum fatigue and have a negative impact on mood, especially if the mother is breastfeeding. Post-pregnancy dieting may be accompanied by a significant decrease in bone mineral density."

Ahem. If you missed it, I'll repeat it: "Inadequate caloric intake may increase postpartum fatigue and have a negative impact on mood, especially if the mother is breastfeeding."

Want to feel well? Eating well is an important piece of that puzzle.

And like last week's tip to partners -- one way for partners to be helpful during the first few weeks is to embrace the role of personal chef. If you've spent time making a food plan, you will be able to provide healthy, nourishing, delicious food.

Take a day, or even just a few hours, to make a plan. You can find a useful guide here. Be realistic though. If you weren't a foodie, locavore, gourmet cook before the baby was born, don't suddenly decide to become one. Keep it basic. Keep it easy. But keep it healthy.

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