Postpartum Nutrition - A Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach

Only recently have people begun to start more about postpartum nutrition in the western world.  In other cultures they know how important postpartum nutrition is, and we need to include nourishing meals for new moms.

At Mama Meals, we offer postpartum meal prep following principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Weston A Price, and Ayurvedic philosophies.  Our postpartum meal delivery ships nationwide to provide healthy postpartum meals for new moms.

Below you'll find some TCM guidelines to help you prepare some nutrient-rich postpartum meals.

  1. Consume Warming Foods: After giving birth, it is believed that a woman's body is in a cold and weakened state. To restore balance, it is recommended to consume warming foods such as ginger, garlic, cinnamon, and turmeric. These foods help to promote circulation, warm the body, and strengthen the digestive system.

  2. Include Nourishing Soups and Broths: In TCM, soups and broths are considered highly nourishing and beneficial for postpartum recovery. Use bone broth or vegetable-based broths as a base and add ingredients like Chinese herbs, lean meats, and a variety of vegetables. These soups are believed to replenish Qi (vital energy), blood, and body fluids, helping to restore strength and vitality.

  3. Prioritize Blood-Building Foods: Blood loss during childbirth can leave a woman depleted. To replenish blood, it is recommended to include iron-rich foods such as lean meats (especially organ meats like liver), dark leafy greens, black beans, goji berries, and dates in the diet. These foods help to support blood production and improve overall energy levels.

  4. Incorporate Qi-Boosting Foods: TCM emphasizes the importance of Qi, which represents the body's energy and vitality. To enhance Qi circulation and replenishment, include foods like whole grains (quinoa, brown rice), legumes (lentils, chickpeas), nuts, seeds, and green vegetables in your meals. These foods are believed to strengthen the body's energy and promote healing.

  5. Avoid Cold and Raw Foods: In TCM, cold and raw foods are thought to weaken the digestive system and hinder the body's ability to absorb nutrients effectively. It is advisable to avoid or minimize the intake of cold beverages, ice cream, raw salads, and raw fruits. Instead, opt for warm or cooked foods that are easier to digest and assimilate.

Consult with a qualified TCM practitioner or a healthcare professional who specializes in postpartum care to personalize your diet according to your specific needs and condition.

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