What should a new mother eat after childbirth?

Many women think that a good nutritional diet is only important during pregnancy and not after childbirth. However, a good balanced and nutrient-rich diet is equally important for a new mother to help her recover from the delivery and gain enough strength to be able to take care of the little one. After all, only a healthy mother can take the best care of herself and the newborn child. How much should a new mother eat? After the childbirth, new mothers usually need around 1800 to 2200 calories per day (for your reference- 1 medium banana has around 100-110 calories, 1 chapati has 120 -150 calories). If you are breastfeeding, you may need 500 more calories. If you have any medical issue, you are underweight or you are breastfeeding more than 1 baby, then you may require higher calories. The best option is to talk to your doctor about your requirement and make a diet plan. What nutrients does a new mother need? A mother’s body undergoes many changes both physically and emotionally during the postpartum period. The body needs to restore a lot of important nutrients in order to regain strength and fitness. At every meal, new mothers should fill half of their plate with fruits and vegetables. The other half should be filled with whole grains such as whole wheat roti, brown rice, daal/ pulses or oatmeal. Processed and packaged foods and drinks should be avoided as much as possible because they are high in salt, sugar, fat and preservatives. In addition to this, new mothers also need: Protein: Protein-rich foods like eggs, milk, paneer, fish, lean...