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MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information
Postpartum Care

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postpartum weight loss
The average pregnant woman will gain 25 to 45 pounds during her pregnancy. Sometimes more, sometimes less. As a rule of thumb, an expectant mother should gain at least 10 pounds by 20 weeks of gestation. During pregnancy, there is increased water retention due to hormones, the weight of the enlarging uterus including amniotic fluid, placenta and the growing fetus. An increased fatty insulation is deposited over the belly and backside, which may include the upper thigh area, and the increased weight in the breasts. This is needed for extra structural support and as a storage of energy that may be needed for the labor and birth process. The mother's blood volume also increases during pregnancy. After the birth, new mothers generally lose 15 pounds with the baby's birth and another 3 to 4 pounds the first few days after delivery. The remainder is used for sustenance during the first few months postpartum. Making breast milk, getting up several times a night to nurse, and dealing with the stress of a new baby definitely burn up the fat reserves. It takes the body time to reduce the extra tissue and fluids that were required for a pregnancy. Breastfeeding mothers usually have more of a dramatic weight loss than non-nursing mothers.

Many new mothers will put on extra weight during their pregnancies. This is not unusual. Pregnancy and during postpartum breastfeeding is not a time to restrict diet. Most midwives worry more that the mother may not be gaining enough weight than too much, especially if her diet is nutritious and adequate to maintain a healthy pregnancy. The same follows for after the baby has arrived and the mother is breastfeeding her newborn. After the baby is born, the mother needs the proper nutrition to produce breastmilk and then provide necessary nutrients to her newborn and to maintain her own health. One of the nice "side effects" of breast-feeding your baby is that it does burn calories more efficiently.

MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Pregnancy Diet

Continue to follow your pregnancy diet while you are breastfeeding your baby and continue with any pregnancy nutritional supplements that your midwife recommends. Do not diet while breastfeeding. You will need slightly more calories and protein during breastfeeding. This is the equivalent of one peanut butter sandwich per day, as a suggestion.

The first 4 to 6 weeks of postpartum period should not be a time to be overly concerned with weight loss. A woman's body after childbirth will often change in appearance. If this is your first baby, then you may find that your hips may become fuller and rounder and your breast size will be greater, giving you more of that full-bodied womanly-goddess figure that is normal for women to be. You may not have the "pubescent girl" appearance any longer. You have left the "maiden" aspect of your life to become a "mother". Be prepared that it will take some time to be able to wear your pre-pregnancy clothing and you will be much more comfortable in loose fitting clothing with easy access to breastfeeding efforts (such as button-down or zipper fronts and loose fitting shirts that can be pulled up to expose the breast).

Exercise should be began slowly, depending upon your body and the recovery following your birth (cesarean delivery takes much longer to recover from than a vaginal birth, and a hospital vaginal birth usually takes longer to recover from than a homebirth). Do not over do it! If you are still having a lochia discharge (postpartum bleeding), if it turns bright red upon exercise, than you are overdoing it. You do not want to exhaust yourself at this time. You and your body are already going through a great deal of changing without adding further stresses to it. Having an understanding, supportive partner helps a great deal. Remember, it took you 9 months to have your baby. It requires some time for your body to return to a normal non-pregnant state.


2 parts Red Raspberry Leaf
1 part Nettle Leaf
1 part Alfalfa Leaf
1 part Peppermint Leaf

Mix dried herbs thoroughly and use a portion to make up a half gallon to a gallon of tea. This blend makes a nice sun tea that can them be refrigerated for a refreshing iced tea to be consumed throughout the day. It provides red raspberry leaf for hormonal balance and uterine toning, Nettle and Alfalfa are high in blood building vitamins and minerals, and the peppermint leaf is good for soothing the digestive system and getting it back to normal as well as giving the tea a nice minty flavor. It tastes fine unsweetened, but if the mom would like a little sweetener, use Honey. Honey is high in nutrients and digests easily. A great tea blend for not only pregnancy, but postpartum recovery. It makes a great tea blend for adding recovery tinctures to, if needed, since the flavor of the tea will help "hide" some of the flavors of the tinctures (not all of them taste good).



MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics Index: Vitamins, Minerals, Herbal & Dietary Supplements
MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Pregnancy Nutrition Diet Information
MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Facts About Folic Acid
MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Client Handouts - Food Groups
    Vegetable and animal protein foods, serving sizes, and food groups used to assist pregnant clients and their midwives in planning a balanced daily dietary intake of sufficient protein to prevent potential complications of pregnancy.

MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Client Handouts - Nutritional Supplemental Information (Page 1)
    Information about weight gain in pregnancy; tracking weight gain; food cravings; counting calories; making calories count; meal frequency; nutrients; vitamins.

MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Client Handouts - Nutritional Supplemental Information (Page 2)
    Information about minerals & prenatal supplements.

MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Client Handouts - Sample Meal Patterns & Menu
    Sample meal patterns and example menu to assist clients and midwife in planning healthy, nutritionally balanced meals and snacks.

MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Client Handouts - Vegetarian Food Guide
    Dietary guidelines and information about complimentary plant protein combinations for vegetarian-vegan diets with a description about types of vegetarian diets.

MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Client Handouts - Nutritional Profile
    Questions for clients to assess their own eating habits and to assist nutritional counseling by their midwife.

MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Client Handouts - Protein Values of Common Foods
    A list of protein foods with quantities needed to assist in assessments of protein intake.

MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Client Handouts - Pregnancy Diet Intake Worksheet
    A worksheet we use to assess daily dietary intake of clients. The client uses a sheet to keep track of everything she eats and drinks in a day, quantity consumed along with time and place she ate or drank her nourishment. These sheets are then gathered by the midwife for total nutritional analysis and assessment. Nutritional counseling assists clients in planning healthy dietary habits and preventing anemia, pre-eclampsia or toxemia, and other nutritionally-based problems.


MoonDragon's Nutritional Analysis Index - Some of the information and graphics are courtesy of Rick Hall, Nutrition Guide
    Nutritional breakdown of various individual foods found in the various food groups. Included are links to fast food sources for nutritional analysis.

Breads, Cereals & Grains
Dairy, Milk and Cheese
Nuts and Seeds
Fast Food


MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Safety Information Links
    Weblinks about food safety, food preparation and food storage.

MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Allergy Links
MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Functional Foods and Food Technology Links
    Weblinks about food technology and functional foods.

MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Guidelines From Major Health Organizations
    Weblinks from Major Health Organization for children, adults and seniors.


MoonDragon's Nutritional Information: Diet Index
    Adult Regular Healthy Diet
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    Daily Values (DV) Nutrition Information
    Fat- & Cholesterol-Restricted Diet
    Fiber-Enhanced Diet
    Gestational Diabetes Diet
    Gluten-Restricted Diet
    Infant Nutritional Information - Birth to 12 Months
    Lactose-Controlled Diet
    Pregnancy Nutrition Diet
    Rotation Diet
    Sodium-Controlled Diet - 2.0 to 2.5 Grams
    Soft Diet
    Tyramine-Restricted Diet
    Weight Control Suggestions
    Weight-Reduction Diet


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    Amazon: Postpartum Care Products

    Amazon: Premium Blue Disposable Underpads (Chux), North Shore, 23X36-inch, Package of 25
    Used for incontinence or childbirth labor and postbirth fluid discharges to protect and cover furniture, bedding, wheelchairs and car seats. For Home, place under wet boots and clothing. Protect floors from paint, car leaks and more. For use by nurses and EMTs, lab use, antique dealers to protect investments. For pets, use as puppy training pads, under food and water dishes or as a floor mat during baths. For baby to keep car seats protected and have a clean diaper changing surface wherever you go.

    Amazon: Medical Sitz Bath Basin For Convalescent Care
    Includes tubing shut-off clamp and graduated water bag. Fits most toilet bowls. Individually bagged. Not returnable. Colors may vary.

    Amazon: DMI Portable Bidet Sitz Bath, Fits on Toilet, Smooth Contoured Plastic, Yellow, Dura-Med
    Includes 5 foot tubing, shut-off flow control clamp and a 2 quart capacity graduated water bag. Provides a convenient at-home solution for personal hygiene or for the treatment of hemorrhoids, other perineal conditions or recovery after childbirth. Smooth plastic and wide contoured edges are designed for maximum comfort. Durable, easy to clean plastic basin fits most standard toilet bowls and commodes or top of toilet tank.

    Amazon: Organic Sitz Bath Soothing Herbal Spray For Postpartum Care, Motherlove, 2 oz Bottle
    A relaxing and convenient spray to help ease the discomfort of sore perineal muscles after labor and childbirth. Can be used alone or with pads when you do not have time for a longer sitz bath soak. Certified organic and cruelty free. Comes in a 2 ounce spray bottle.

    Amazon: Organic Nipple Cream Salve For Sore Cracked Nursing Nipples, Motherlove,1 oz Jar
    Safe and effective balm that softens skin to help relieve pain from breastfeeding. All natural ingredients are safe for mom and baby and do not need to be washed off prior to breastfeeding. Organic blend of extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, marshmallow root, calendula flower.

    Amazon: Instant Cold Pack, Dynarex, 4X5-inch, 24 Per Case
    Provides an anesthetic effect. Reduces swelling. Relieves aches and pains. Activates easily to provide instant relief.

    Amazon: Baby Rectal Thermometer, Vicks
    Vicks Baby Rectal Thermometer has a short probe tip for safe rectal readings. Plastic casing made in the US for rectal use only. Large backlit LCD display with 10 second readings. For newborns to age 3. Lifetime warranty.

    Amazon: Long, Heavy Absorbency Pads, Tena Intimates, 39 Pads
    Individually wrapped, easy storage and use, allows for all around circulation while locking fluid into the absorbent core, helping maintain a natural skin environment. For women, providing a fit that conforms to your body. PH-balanced to fight against odors. An adhesive strip provides secure placement in your own underwear. Used for urinary incontinence or can be useful during postpartum lochia discharge following childbirth.

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