You’re in the postpartum phase now, which means taking care of baby outside the womb – but how you nourish your body during this period is just as important as ever. Now is the time to rest, restore, and replenish. Here’s a look at some of the must-haves on my personal postpartum meal plan, which I created with the goal of funneling as many nutrients as possible back in to my after-baby body.
Postpartum Meal Plan Disclaimers
Please Note: The information presented in this post is just an account of my own, personal experience. Everyone is different, and what worked for me and my pregnancies may not work for someone else. I am not a medical professional, and nothing in this post is meant to replace the opinions and advice of your specific medical professional. Be sure to consult with your doctor, especially before consuming anything new.
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Postpartum Meal Plan
Honestly, the “rules” for a postpartum meal plan don’t look too terribly different from the “rules” for a pregnancy meal plan. Mainly, it’s about focusing on real, whole foods that fuel, heal, and support your body and baby’s. I mean, of course you want food you enjoy eating, too. But you still need to be mindful about what you’re putting into your body, especially after everything your body has just gone through.
You’re in recovery mode now, while simultaneously caring for a newborn baby 24/7. That’s pretty taxing, not just on your body but also on your mental health. That’s why it’s so important to choose nourishing, nutrient-dense foods that give you the energy you need to get through the day. If you’re breastfeeding, keep in mind that you’ll want to get around 500 extra calories every day to maintain a good milk supply.
For me, my postpartum meal plan focus is on a lot (like, a lot) of easily digestible foods, to really maximize their impact and get the nutrients in my body ASAP. Lots of bone broth, plenty of bone-in meats and collagen, and a big helping of specifically good-for-postpartum ingredients, like:
- Seaweed – full of fiber (good for constipation), calcium (aids in bone loss), and iron (helps prevent anemia), not to mention it’s a good source of nutrients like magnesium, zinc, and potassium
- Oats – to help promote your milk supply, and also just get a ton of important nutrients for both you and baby
- Liver (and Other Red Meat and Organs) – so much B12 and iron which are both great to replenish blood post-labor
- Turmeric – to reduce inflammation and boost immunity
What’s On My Postpartum Meal Plan
Pro tip: freezer meals will be your best friends. Seriously, whatever you can make ahead and freeze, do it. Now is a time you need to rest and recuperate as much as possible, and the less cooking you have to do, the better.
These are a few of the recipes I’ve included on my postpartum meal plan for baby #3. I’ve cleared my foods with my doctor, based on my specific body, pregnancy, and health history. Be sure to consult with your medical professional before making any drastic dietary changes!
Week One – Breakfasts
- Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Baked Oatmeal
- Easy Golden Milk
- Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Granola Bars
- Breakfast Meal Prep
Week One – Lunches
Week One – Dinners
- Ginger Fried Rice
- Oyster Stew
- Chili with Liver
- Moroccan Chickpea Stew with Chicken Thighs
- Chicken and Rice Soup (with a whole chicken)
Week Two – Breakfasts
- Instant Pot Oatmeal
- Italian Breakfast Casserole
- Granola with Collagen Peptides
- Instant Pot Eggs
- Iced Golden Milk Latte
Week Two – Lunches
- Chicken Curry with Turmeric Lemon Rice
- Seaweed Soup with Scallions
- Instant Pot Bone Broth
- Blueberry Chia Smoothie with Majka Lactation Protein Powder
- Lemon Garlic Salmon
- Perfect Pan Seared Chicken Thighs with Pan Sauce
Week Two – Dinners
- Shepherd’s Pie with Liver
- Healthy Zuppa Toscana
- Chimichurri Flank Steak
- Tuna Zoodle Casserole
- New York Times Cooking’s Garlic Braised Short Ribs (I actually braised these in the slow cooker, on HIGH for 4 hours, then froze them)
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