Foods You Should Be Eating After Giving Birth

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Lean beef

Iron is one nutrient that new moms are often low on. Though post-partum anemia isn’t quite as common in America as it isn other countries, it’s still important to be aware of since heavy bleeding during labor and postpartum can mean a long-term iron deficiency. To give you some idea of how important iron is for pregnant women, the daily requirement of iron jumps from just around nine milligrams a day for non-pregnant women up to 27 milligrams a day for women carrying a child. Fortunately, lean beef crosses two nutrients off of the post-delivery list: iron and protein. With that in mind, it’s an excellent food to keep on hand. A roughly three-ounce serving of sirloin tip can offer 27 grams of protein, and over 12 percent of your daily iron needs.

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