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Everyone mom-to-be knows that nutrition during pregnancy is important, but postpartum diet, which isn’t talked about as often, is vital for both mom and baby’s health. 

In this episode, I sat down with Kaleigh McMordie, a registered dietitian who shares delicious, real-food recipes on her blog Lively Table. Kaleigh is a wife and mom of two toddlers who is passionate about helping moms reduce stress and raise competent, happy eaters.

Kaleigh and I talk about the role that diet plays in your risk for postpartum depression and mood disorders and the myths about nutrition after giving birth. We also talk about the best nutrients and superfoods, how many extra calories you need while breastfeeding, how to lose the baby weight in a healthy way, and how food can speed up the healing process. 


3:21 Let’s talk about your story!

4:50 We all know postpartum nutrition is important, but why exactly?

6:44 What does research show about the role that diet plays in the risk for mental illness during the postpartum period? 

9:26 What are myths about nutrition during the postpartum period and while breastfeeding?

10:09 What are your best tips for healthy weight loss? 

15:01 What are the nutrients moms should focus on?

17:00 For women who are vegetarian or vegan, how can they get essential amino acids? 

17:35 What are the best superfoods for the postpartum period?

19:03 What are foods that can speed up the healing process from childbirth? 

20:59 What is collagen and how should moms consume it?

23:53 Do women need supplements and how do they go about figuring out which ones they need?

25:46 If women are breastfeeding, how many extra calories do they need and are there foods they should focus on?

29:45 Are probiotic-rich foods important during the postpartum period?

31:35 Are there foods women should avoid after giving birth? 

32:47 Should women eat snacks throughout the day?

34:31 Moms are so exhausted and busy when they have a newborn. What are your best tips for making healthy eating easy?


Learn more about Kaleigh McMordie on her blog Lively Table.

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Author Details
Julie Revelant teaches parents how to raise children who are healthy, adventurous eaters. Through blog posts and videos, her goal is to shift the conversation from short-term, problem picky eating to lifelong, healthy eating and healthy futures. Julie has written for FoxNews.com, FIRST for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, EverydayHealth.com, RD.com, TheBump.com, Care.com, and Babble.com.