Top 10 health and diet tips for new mums by celebrity chef Anjum Anand

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Just had a baby? Now's the time to be healthier than ever

Chef Anjum Anand
We spoke with celebrity chef Anjum Anand about healthy eating tips for new mum. Now why would we do that? Nope, nothing to do with a brand new royal baby boy entering the world. Promise.

Anjum said, "For Kate, eating well and looking after herself in the next few weeks and months will be really important.

"After childbirth, the body is depleted and according to Ayurveda, the digestive system is weak as there is a vata imbalance which is aggravated with lack of sleep and erratic eating patterns. This needs to be rebalanced. As well as healing the body's tissues and balancing the energy levels, it is also important for new mums like Kate to eat the right foods for breastfeeding."

Here are Anjum's tips for an ideal post pregnancy routine…

1. Daily oil massages for both mum and baby are not only great for skin but are also good for bringing mum's energy back into balance and for strengthening the baby.

2. Cook with a little ghee instead of oil - this is good for restoring depleted energy and strengthening tissue.

3. Try eating really simple and easy to digest foods like soups, stews, porridges, rice and lentil dishes. What a mother eats when she breastfeeds is also what the baby has to digest, so keep it simple and light!

4. Drink a LOT of fluids, ideally water. I would boil 2 litres of water with a table spoon of fennel seeds in the morning, leave to cool and strain into a bottle and sip throughout the day. Fennel seeds are known to help with breast milk production.

5. Rest is considered very important. Traditionally, it is thought that the body takes 40 days to heal properly.

6. Dairy products will help with breast milk and balancing the body. Dried fruits contain a good amount of iron and are good for breast milk production so add these into your diet.

7. Try adding turmeric to your food as it is very healing on so many levels.

8. Ginger is considered very good for the body post labour, so include lots of ginger in your food, soups and tea.

9. Try to avoid eating foods that are too spicy, especially if you are breastfeeding.

10. Nuts are great for nourishing the body and producing breast milk.

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