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Postpartum diet: Tips for a healthy recovery

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It's no secret that food drives our everyday activities, which is especially true when those regular activities involve caring for a newborn and breastfeeding.

However, for many new mothers, the desire to shed baby weight may take precedence and the good news is that you can lose a few pounds gradually while still eating enough calories to meet the physical and emotional demands of caring for your child.

Here are healthy diet tips for your postpartum recovery

1 Stay hydrated

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Water requirements vary between women so it is best to go by your level of thirst. Examining the color of your urine is a useful technique to determine hydration. Dark pee signifies dehydration and the need to increase your water intake while pale yellow urine shows optimum hydration.

2 Balanced diet

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A nutrient-dense diet rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber, healthy fats, and protein can aid your body's healing process. It also helps avoid bone loss, replace your iron stores, and help reduce postpartum hemorrhoids.

3 Omega-3 fatty acids

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Women in postpartum should eat 8 to 12 ounces of fish per week because DHA is particularly important because it helps improve mood.

4 Consume foods high in collagen

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Collagen is a protein that is found in the body and is important for skin suppleness, tissue repair, and rebuilding.

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