Nutrition: Foods and Fluids

A well-balanced diet is essential for the body to remain healthy and to heal properly after giving birth. A healthy diet consists of foods from the five food groups, which include dairy, protein foods, grains, fruits and vegetables. You should have three meals per day plus nutritious snacks between meals. You should also drink approximately six to eight glasses of liquid per day.

If you are breastfeeding, your dietary needs are greater. You should consume sufficient foods and fluids so that you are not hungry or thirsty. You should eat a variety of foods from the five food groups and continue to take your prenatal vitamin supplements. You do not need to avoid certain foods unless you are allergic to them.

Losing weight will continue for approximately six weeks while consuming a normal amount of calories. Initially, weight loss is rapid. As it slows down, a loss of two to three pounds per week is optimal to maintain good health. A dietitian should be consulted for individualized suggestions on special diets or special dietary needs.