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Best food for new mothers during the confinement period

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Best Foods for New Mothers During The Confinement Period

What does 'confinement' mean?

A period of time when mothers recuperate and recover after childbirth.

Common confinement foods and their benefits:

Mackerel, sardines, salmon, tuna, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, eggs, fish oil, flaxseed oil
  • Lowers chances of postpartum depression
  • Improves brain function
  • Helps develop baby's nervous system
Low fat dairy product
  • Provides B vitamins, vitamin D and protein
Lean beef, liver, lamb, clams, oysters, sunflower seeds, beans
  • Essential for iron content
  • Deficiency leads to low energy levels
  • For healthy red blood cells
Fruits - essential to have two or more servings a day
  • Bright-coloured fruits like grapes, papaya and blueberries - contains high amount of antioxidants
  • Oranges – high in vitamin C
Vegetables - Broccoli & Spinach
  • High in Vitamin A - important for the eyes and healthy skin
  • Contains calcium
  • High in antioxidants and fibre
  • Preferably distilled
  • Drink plenty of water as dehydration is one of the biggest energy drainers and may disrupt physiological functions
Good to know

After giving birth, new mothers should always try to breastfeed during the first six months.

Benefits of breastfeeding:

Triggers vasopressin, a hormone that helps the uterus return to its normal state Protects against breast cancer in the future Strengthens bond between mother and child Burns 250 calories a day!

It is important to note that the confinement period is NOT the time to focus on weight loss. The main focus should be on recuperating.

The key to a smooth and complete recovery from the exertions of childbirth is to take a holistic approach during the confinement period by having ample rest and eating a nutritious diet of quality confinement foods.