The first couple weeks after baby arrives can be a blur. Whether she’s hungry, cranky or sleepy, you’re on call to tend to baby’s every need—which can leave you hungry, cranky and sleepy too. “Eating the right foods can help your body gain the building blocks it needs to repair, rebuild and nourish your baby,” says Allison Tannis, MS, RHN, author of The 100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Pregnancy.
Carbs for clarity, fiber for flushing
Fueling with the right foods can also erase common post-pregnancy complaints. Pregnancy brain doesn’t disappear when baby arrives, but diet can make a difference.“Protein is the building block of enzymes and hormones which are needed to keep you going and support lactation,” says Tannis. To prevent postpartum constipation, get plenty of fluids to soften stool and eat fiber-rich foods like whole grains, dried fruits and fresh produce. Continue taking a multivitamin and aim for a rainbow of foods on your plate.
Red Pepper & Spinach Quiche
This colorful quiche combines vitamin C (great for wound healing) with iron and protein for staying power.
- 1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
- 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
- 1⁄3 cup roasted red peppers
- (from jar), drained and chopped
- 1⁄2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 4 large eggs
- 1⁄2 cupmilk
- Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375