Diet Tips for Mothers After Cesearan Delivery

By Timothy Sexton

  • Overview

    After a cesarean section delivery it is vitally important for the mother to engage in proper nutrition practices. The process of delivering a baby through a C-section affects the body in a number of ways that can be addressed positively and negative through the nutrients ingested in eating and drinking. For a full recovery after a cesarean section delivery it is important to pay attention to the dietary and nutritional guidelines recommended by your physician.
  • Post-Delivery

    Immediately following delivery nutrition will be delivered via an IV drip as this is the most efficient way of ensuring that the proper nutrients are ingested by the body. The first day afterward most new mothers will only be allowed to munch on ice chips and drink clear liquids. If you are tempted to bypass this advice out of hunger or the thirst for something with a bit more flavor, make sure to resist.
  • No Carbonation

    Even after the first day or two when you are allowed to drink something besides water, it is wise to avoid carbonated beverages. The reason for this is that carbonation creates gas bubbles in the body and gas pains are one of the most common of effects that women experienced following a C-section. This advice will eventually extend to when you are able to eat a regular diet; anything that causes cause needs to be pushed aside.

  • Importantance of Iron

    One a mother who has delivered via cesarean is allowed back on a regular diet, the consumption of iron is essential for the process of healing as well as getting back to an overall feeling of well-being. The idea diet to consume when eating to increase your iron intake will be spread across the main four food groups, with a special emphasis on meat, leafy green veggies and beans. Of course, one should be careful with beans as they are capable of producing gas pains.
  • Calcium

    In addition to iron, new mothers also want to consume as much calcium in their diet as possible. Calcium is also important in the process of healing. The best sources of calcium are milk and cheese, of course, but don't forget to include other great sources for calcium such as yogurt, tofu, almonds and oranges.
  • Beverages

    Once you are able to drink something more complex than clear beverages, consider orange juice in place of the natural desire for carbonate sofa. Not only will drinking orange juice help to stave off the gas pains associated with carbonation, but it also contains calcium. On top of that, drinking orange juice facilitates the absorption of iron so there is really not much reason not to drink OJ.
  • Prevention/Solution

    In addition to eating a nutritious diet high in iron and calcium, mothers who have delivered via C-section generally are prescribed vitamins and supplements. These supplements are just as important to fully recovering from the physical trauma involved in this type of childbirth as eating properly so make sure you follow directions and complete the full complement. It is equally important that you not give in to the urge to diet in order to lose the weight you gained during pregnancy until your physician approves.
  • Warning

    Certain foods have the ability to adversely affect mother's milk and so should probably be avoided after delivery. The difficult part is some of these foods may at first seem like positive additions to your diet such a broccoli, which is high in calcium. Dairy products can also have a negative influence on the baby for some women. Consult with your physician to determine whether the benefits to your recovery outweigh the negative influence, but almost all mothers should definitely avoid produces high in caffeine.
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