Being a new mom is exciting. Aside from welcoming the miracle of new life into your home, there is an incredible sense of community that seems to just materialize out of nothing. Within this newly discovered community, everyone desires to be part of the extraordinary thing called new life. It is as though they want to relive their childrearing experiences all over again. One area that can be a little tricky as far as family and friends are concerned is how to help mom. Sometimes just bringing a gift does wonders, but what happens when mom is at home and is sore from the childbirth experience? How well will she get around at home? Gifts can go a long way, but time and energy in this instance will go a great deal further. One specific way of making a difference in a new mother’s life is preparing a freshly cooked meal for mom and spouse. In this article I will discuss some guidelines when considering food ideas for new moms.
Home cooked meals are great, but please do mom and baby a favor – do not make it spicy. I remember one time girls from the local church took turns in bringing over freshly prepared dishes and on one occasion the food was a bit spicy. The spice that was prepared with the food caused an incredible amount of indigestion and colic for the baby lasted more than a week. Please do not make a spicy meal for a breastfeeding mom. It will do more harm than good.
Consider the Ease
Another thing to consider when preparing a meal for new moms is the ease of preparation. Bring over the dish in a pan or bowl that can be easily placed into the oven or on the stove. If the meal consists of multiple parts (anything more than the entrée) be sure mom does not need to be on her feet for too long in order to prepare it. Dad may be at work and if mom is still sore from childbirth, it can be a bit difficult for her to handle and the food may go to waste.
Cheap and Easy?
Although you might be tempted to pick up an already prepared meal from the supermarket due to time constraints, please don’t. The ingredients used to prepare the meal are often unknown and can lead to a severe case of colic for baby.
Some good food ideas for new moms will vary culture to culture. Regardless of where baby is born, it may be a good idea for you to stick around and eat it with mom. Mom may be tired and in pain, but oftentimes a meal simply tastes better when there is someone to eat it with.
It is often difficult to know what meals are appropriate for a new mom to eat, as it may affect the sleep of the baby. When there are questions about such issues, it is often a good idea to ask mom. Don’t just prepare something to feel good about yourself – do it because you want to help mom’s first days alone with the baby to go as easy as possible.
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