Your baby is the priority/ Do not starve yourself
Your baby depends on you for nutrients. So, you definitely need to eat. Eat what you need not what you want.
Do not over indulge
Practice the 80:20 rule. Eat the right types of food 80% of the time and have your chocolates, fried foods and all the bad things that taste soooo good 20% of the time.
Do drink water, juice, tea and soups
The fluids keep you hydrated and in my culture, we believe it helps with breast milk. But sometimes mothers just use breast feeding as an excuse to keep drinking soups and porridge when they don’t need to and the result is weight gain.
Do try to exercise
Exercise will keep you sane and refreshed. Doctors usually recommend that you start after exercising 6 weeks postpartum for mothers who had natural births and 12 weeks for those who had c sections. I started at 6 weeks, I could not wait.
Do TRY, make MISTAKES and LEARN from them
In other words, don’t be hard on yourself! It is a learning process on what works for you and what doesn’t.
Do throw or give away your weighing scale
It is not just about the numbers on the scale but also how you feel and how you look. The scale is not your friend when you are not losing weight, it will discourage you! Throw it out and use hospital scales or the public ones in town (the ones they charge 10 bob). I learned this the hard way!
Do carry your own food from home
This keeps you from starving yourself when you are away from home. It also helps you stick to your diet plan and within your daily calorie intake
Do train your house help to cook healthy food
Make sure you show her the amount of oil that you can take or the amount of salt or sugar. Do not assume that she understands; make sure you show her over and over again.