Cooking is without a doubt one of my favourite things to do for the families I support.
There is so much that I do as postnatal doula that is helpful and filling a new family's with a fridge or freezer full of delicious food that is also nutritious is at the top of the list.
I advocate eating lighter meals in the beginning. Heng Ou explains in her book The First Forty Days:
'After the energetic expenditure of birth and almost ten months of of having your abdomen organs pushed into a tighter space, your digestion is considered to be a little slower and weaker than normal, so it's time to eat gently for a while before back into high gear.'
When you're ready and feeling like something a bit more filling, this fish pie is great.
When it comes to making sure you're eating when you have a new baby it's all about foods that:
- you can easily eat one handed
- don't drip on the baby while you're feeding/carrying/not able to put them down
- are easy to make
- nourishing to fill you up and make you feel good
Smoothies are great for this and tick all the boxes.
They're great for breakfast or any time really and great to drink while you're feeding your baby.
One of the things I'm often doing for my current doula client during a visit is cooking up yummy food that her and partner can eat when I'm not there. As a result I've been going through my cookbooks and pulling together my go to recipes that are nutritious, easy to make, easy to reheat and delicious.