Holistic Health: More Energy While Pregnant and Breastfeeding

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I wrote this article in response to a question I was asked by a woman in Denmark.

She is currently nursing and has found out she is pregnant again. Now she has hardly any energy and she wanted to know what would help.

What I researched were things that will help you have more energy and also you’ll produce enough milk for breastfeeding.

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•Go for walks with the baby

•Try to rest as much as you possibly can (helps milk production)

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•Eat every 3 hours

•You need a LOT of extra calories (at LEAST 500 extra- aim for 800)

•Try to have 4 servings of high-quality (organic) protein (80+ grams)

•6 servings of calcium

Suppliments:
•folic acid

•30 mg iron

•zinc

•vitamin k (in leafy green veggies),

•probiotics

Add coconut oil to your life in every way you can think of- cooking, in smoothies, on your skin (also, get a lot of massage)
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From an Ayurvedic perspective, you need to have more kapha in your life (food and environment):

((think warm and oily instead of cold and dry))

•Avoid cold drinks

•No caffeine (focus on getting energy from protein)

•No processed foods or junk foods

•Avoid soy

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Eat for energy
•Whole grains, brown rice, lentils, cooked veggies, Avocado, carrots, Leafy greens (spinach, kale)

•fruit (blueberries are great), melons will keep you hydrated

•Greek yogurt with walnuts, warm cereal (add blackstrap molasses to sweeten and add iron)

•eggs (Make a bunch of hardboiled eggs and have one or two for breakfast), Salmon, lean beef (organic)

•black beans & kidney beans (cooked with black pepper, cumin, &fennel to avoid bloating)

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Drink:
•3-4 cups of warm milk with honey every day

•Lots of hot water: about 13 glasses (pee should never get dark)

•Tea with Red raspberry, Peppermint, &Nettle

•Almond milk

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Links

More herbs for breastfeeding.

An acupressure point that can help breastfeeding.

•A pretty cool article about postpartum you might find helpful.

•A holistic mom website you might be interested in.

I hope all of this helps :)
Let me know if you have any questions!!
Joy

Joy Boardman

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