Delivery by C section is as exhausting, tiring, and painful as natural birth, if not more. As usually assumed, it is not an easy way out to have a baby. The process can exhaust the mother both mentally and physically. Therefore, new mothers should take extra care in order to recover faster from the Cesarean surgery.
Diet is the most important of all to recover and regain strength. The mother needs to be closely monitored during the first few weeks post C section. Here are 7 superfoods that help cesarean moms heal faster:
1. Bone Broth
Make sure you drink at least one cup of bone broth (also known as kharorey ka soup in India) daily. This will help restore all vital nutrients that the body loses during blood loss.
Start your day with a cup of hot milk. Having it first thing in the morning will prevent any acid rush. It also plays an important role in helping the body absorb all the nutrients better.
Soak about 10-12 almonds in water overnight and have them in the morning after peeling the skin off. Almonds are an excellent source of protein and supply you with omega-3 fatty acids required to gather ample strength after the surgery.
The fruit will help you to heal your post-birth body. C-section will heal better if you include a good amount of Vitamin C in your diet. Oranges contain very high levels of this vitamin. Having an orange or two a day will help repair and maintain tissue. This also aids the absorption of iron. Vitamin C also helps in fighting off post-partum depression.
As a new mom, you need to sleep better to be able to take care of the baby. C-section delivery takes a toll on a woman’s body. Sleep deprivation also becomes a common factor with a newborn at home. It is crucial to include foods in your diet that help you fall asleep. Tryptophan (an amino acid in protein) is used by the body to create serotonin and then melatonin (calming hormones), responsible for slowing down the brain and make you drowsy. Bananas are loaded with tryptophan. Having it as bedtime snack will help you boost sleep quality and heal better. Chop a banana and sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on it to improve the taste.
A bowl of vegetable oats (prepare upma style) by adding many vegetables. This will help your body get ample vitamins and minerals. Oats are an excellent source of fiber, which will help your bowel movements going. Constipation is a common issue after a c-section delivery. Adding oats to a regular diet will help.
Iron is crucial for combating postnatal fatigue. Since low iron levels and anemia are common after delivery due to loss of blood, special attention should be paid on boosting iron stores by eating a diet rich in dark-green leafy vegetables. Spinach is one of the best choices. Chopping and pureeing spinach will help you maximize absorption from greens into the bloodstream. You can have it in the form of soup or toss it with your regular salad.