Healthy Eating & Exercise
Healthy Eating for Mom
Eating a variety of healthy foods and drinking lots of water and fluids will help you recover from giving birth. Healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables are good for keeping your energy up while you take care of your baby. Take vitamins or supplements as recommended by your doctor.
While you are breastfeeding, you might need to eat about 400 to 500 more calories a day to keep your energy up. Making healthy choices can help your milk production, including protein-rich foods, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
If you are trying to lose postpartum weight, making similar healthy food choices can help, as well as smaller portion sizes. Increased physical activity and regular exercise after you have recovered from delivery can also help with weight loss.
Sometimes you may not have enough food in your home. Resources are available in our county to help. Click on More Information below to find resources (2-1-1, How to Find Food Help in OC, WIC, SNAP).