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New mothers are often so focused on taking care of their children that they forget to take care of themselves. Learning how to get enough rest and nutrition and restoring your body and mind are all crucial to your health and the health of your baby.

Postpartum Sleep Deprivation

We all know that sleep is essential. And that new parents get reduced quality & quantity of sleep. Our post-birth bodies have particularly needs that may necessitate rising more frequently in the night. Babies wake throughout the night with wet diapers or needing to be fed. A baby, after all, is not born with his own circadian rhythm. It takes time, and loving caregivers, to encourage and allow babies to develop harmonious sleep cycles. So it is critical for mamas to have healthy sleep patterns to share with their babes.

Prolonged sleep deprivation can put your health at risk. Here’s what you need to know about sleep, and how you to create the support for getting the sleep you need.

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A Delightful Diet for Postpartum Mamas

There is often much emotion attached to the word “diet.” Did you know the English word “diet” has its roots in the beautiful ancient Greek word díaita? The original and longstanding primary meaning of diet is “way of life.” How grand is that? It seems though that we have turned away from this beautiful way of thinking about our diet as a way of life through attaching thoughts of deprivation, suffering, restriction, and even martyrdom to this four-letter word. Does this perspective do us any good?

Let’s return for a moment to looking at our diet as our way of life.

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6 Nourishing Eating Habits for New Mamas

Pregnancy and motherhood can be a motivating time to add on to and enhance your own personal story about eating. In fact, it’s a great time to create a better story, a more nourishing story to pass along to your offspring.

Are you happy with your food choices at this point in your life? Or do your food choices sometimes cause you agony, guilt, or confusion? You may want to consider creating a more nourishing story around food as you answer the following questions.

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Coco-Curry Salmon Soup

Optimum postpartum nutrition should include essential healthy fats from foods like salmon and coconuts. After pregnancy and throughout the breastfeeding time, these healthy fats help restore our own nutritional reserves and continue to help our growing baby with their important brain development. Replenishing these essential nutrients is good for postpartum depression prevention and treatment, too. This recipe uses both of these New Mama superfoods!

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Beet, Basil and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

In the early months postpartum up to the first year, beets are a great vegetable in your postpartum nutrition to support vitality by replenishing the blood. Here is a recipe by Mamashine contributor Kate Short Lindsay using beautiful golden beets, but red beets are fine too.

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