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First Foods Overview 

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Laboring is hard work and requires fuel.  The idea is to eat small but regularly graze with lots and lots of hydration. Keep eating plenty of little meals or snacks for sustained energy on hand. 

  • Flat Water or Infused Water or Warm Teas

  • Plain Coconut Water 

  • "Laborade" Coconut Water Recipe

  • Laborade Tea from Little Linden Herbals

  • Sipping Bone Broth- (excellent for soothing abdomen, rich in collagen, often feels like a warm hug) 

  • Bananas (potassium & electrolyte replacement)

  • Raw Mixed Nuts (fuel, fats, energy)

  • Dates with Nut Butter (energy, sweet, tastes like Snickers! :)

  • Dark chocolate (small amounts -fuel, fat, energy)

  • Avocado

  • Hard-Boiled Egg or Scrambled Eggs (sustained energy)

  • Fresh berries (blueberries are excellent here - some folks freeze them)

  • Cheese, Hummus, Nut Butters

  • Honey Sticks

  • Popsicles

     

Quickie Overview of Ideal Meals in the First Weeks Postpartum:

We've covered much of this but here is a quick summary. Your first hour after birth is called the Golden Hour. This is all about skin to skin, breast crawls, birthing the placenta, and resting.  Follow your instinct here, if you are hungry eat!

Let the warming begin! :)

 

Hospital or Birth Center Births:

  • If you are heading off to the hospital, pull a few frozen items into the fridge so they can being to gently defrost. 

  • Consider something like this Travel Crock Pot for broths + porridges! 

  • If they won't let you bring in your own food, sneak it! Yup, I said it - restricting food in early labor is outdated. 

  • If you don't have your preferred food for whatever reason, don't fret.  You could think about take out (non-spicy pho or miso soup are favorites) or select foods like clear soups, teas, oats, eggs.

Home Birth:

  • Be sure to assign someone to pull out any frozen items, like broths and porridges at the first signs of true labor. Aim to eat towards the end of the Golden Hour - ideally have someone prepare a bedside tray for you to nosh on. 

 

QUICK OVERVIEW

  • Deep Hydration:

  • Breakfasts:

    • Different versions of Grounding Oats (Steel Cut Oats made with warming spices) - this can be varied a bit with blackstrap molasses, maple, dates, full-fat coconut milk). Often served alongside stewed fruits & an herbal tea. Roll in (after day 5) small amounts of egg dishes from simple scrambled with extra yokes and nooch) to more custard-like, maple eggs. 

  • Snacks & Sides:

    • Different versions of the stewed fruits, some tend to be a mix of foods and some tend to showcase a singular fruit.  Other dishes might include Poached Pear, Seasoned Avocado dishes, Date & Almond Shake, Spiced Maple & Molasses Nuts, Chutneys, Stuffed Dates, Balancing Bite (better than a Peanut Butter Cup), New Mama Jam on Pita, Ghee'd Rice, Veggie "Fried Rice" Quinoa, Roasted Vegs (Beet Root, Squash, Fennel, Parsnip, Bok Choy), Ghee sauteed & spiced leafy greens, Horchata, Milk Tonics, Infusions, Warm Ginger Tea

  • Lunch / Dinner:

    • It is ideal to have lunch be the largest meal of the day. 

      • In addition to what we've already listed and discussed, pureed soups such as sweet potato and squash, Dals, "Buddha" Bowls with mixed veg with quinoa/rice mix, Broth Bowls with added grain, Classic chicken (rice) noodle  soup, Cast Iron Simple Salmon.

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