I heard I’m supposed to be taking iron supplements.
Why? Most women are anemic after
delivery, which means you’re liable to feel extra-tired and weak (as if you
need that with all this other stuff!). This is because you lose blood whether
you have an uncomplicated vaginal delivery or a c-section.
Getting plenty of iron will rebuild your iron stores and
make you feel better. You can do that with either an iron-rich diet or by
taking iron supplements. But don’t go too crazy. One tablet of 325 mg of iron
is plenty — any more than that and you risk stomachaches and constipation,
which will just make things worse.
As far as your diet is concerned, load up on leafy green
vegetables, lean red meat, liver (if you can stand it), fish, poultry, dried
fruits and iron-fortified cereals. Also, get plenty of vitamin C, since it
helps your body absorb iron — orange juice, red peppers and strawberries are
just a few great choices