Striking the right nutritional balance when you are breastfeeding is really important for both you and your baby. Although your milk supply may not be affected by what you eat, your body will always put your baby first; it will take the nutrients it needs for your baby’s milk from its own stores, and this can affect your energy levels, general health and wellbeing if you are not getting the nutrients you need from your diet.
To accommodate a growing baby, it is only natural that our skin stretches during pregnancy. If your skin is well nourished, the elastin in it should help to slow this process down. However, sometimes your skin will grow beyond the ability of its elastin and this is when stretch marks appear on a women’s thighs, hips, stomach and breasts. It is possible to minimise and, potentially, avoid stretch marks altogether by nourishing your skin through good nutrition and daily moisturisation during pregnancy.
The three months following birth are often referred to as your fourth trimester. Focussing on eating well during this time is really important since it helps you recover from birth, restores hormonal imbalances, and replenishes diminished nutrient stores, which is especially vital if you are breastfeeding.