Postpartum Meal Planning

Expert Nutrition Support for your Recovery

postpartum meal planning

Imagine if every postpartum meal, snack and beverage placed in front of you was properly balanced to enable a speedy and healthy post birth recovery.

Imagine beautiful, freshly prepared foods made in your kitchen by a skilled nutritionist and postpartum doula expert who understands your physical and emotional needs and designs your meals to support those needs.

Imagine if every postpartum meal, snack and beverage placed in front of you was properly balanced to enable a speedy and healthy post birth recovery.

Imagine beautiful, freshly prepared foods made in your kitchen by a skilled nutritionist and postpartum doula expert who understands your physical and emotional needs and designs your meals to support those needs.

Picture This!

Your Postpartum Meal Plan

It's 8:00am when I knock on your door and let myself in. I find you looking a bit disheveled after a long and stressful night and you are bouncing your crying baby on your knee in an effort to soothe him.

The look in my eye tells you it is ok to give me the baby and go take a shower and a nap. With sincere gratitude, you do it.

After a few minutes, your baby is settled and getting sleepy. I turn on the white noise machine and before long, he is resting peacefully in the bassinet while you slip into your bed upstairs.

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postpartum meal planning

I clean the kitchen from the night before and I think to myself, why didn’t I have someone like me when I had my babies…

I open your fridge to find a bag of grapes, a dozen eggs, some Chinese food containers, and several pieces of Tupperware filled with expired leftovers that are begging me to empty them, wash them and put them away.

So I do.

Next, I get the menu situated for the week, and place an order for the ingredients to be delivered so that I can prepare each meal. I base each day's postpartum meal plan on:

  • A balance of good, healthy fats, carbohydrates & proteins
  • Essential fatty acids in every meal-for tissue regeneration and healing.
  • Appropriate vitamin & mineral content. Our best change to properly absorb vitamins and minerals for healing is through food. Each day you will get vitamin A, C, B6 + B12, zinc, selenium, vitamin D3 & more!
  • Variety of nutrition to help your body heal-whether you have had a cesarean or you’ve delivered naturally-we all need to heal. It’s a LOT to ask of your body!

Each postpartum meal is designed for optimal nutrition and recovery.

The groceries arrive and I begin prepping all of the protein. I cook it and store it for easy reheating. I start a pot of soup, I build a casserole for the freezer, and then I start working on the evening’s meal and a batch of oatmeal pancakes for your breakfast with your toddler in the morning.

I am prepping for the entire week ahead. I’ve made it easy for you to have a grab and go snack, reheat some soup, pop a casserole in the oven to bake, and even have a warm nutritious breakfast.

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It’s 1:00pm and you come downstairs ready to feed your baby and yourself. He and I are both ready for you. He drank the expressed milk you pumped for him while you rested, but he is anxious to get to the breast for this feed and I am excited for you to try my turkey & spinach wrap that I made for you!

Once you are both fed, I get the load of cloth diapers out of the dryer and organize them back in his changing station. It’s been a great morning shift and with a blissful look in your eye, you are excited for me to return for my next shift with you!

At Ann Arbor Postpartum Doulas, we recognize that your nutritional recovery
post birth is as important as your physical and emotional recovery. We start with a lengthy discovery session to determine postpartum meal dietary restrictions and preferences and customize a nutritional recovery schedule from there!