The New Mom's Food Survival Guide
By the third trimester of pregnancy, you’d probably over-researched everything and maybe even bought a rocking chair, a footstool, a nursing pillow, and a bottle warmer. You could have written a doctoral dissertation on breastfeeding versus formula and were absolutely, entirely prepared to love and feed your new baby. You had everything you needed… for your kid, anyway.
But you may have forgotten about food. You know, for you. Sure, maybe you prepped a couple of Instant Pot meals for the freezer and budgeted for extra takeout that first week, but if you’re anything like me, you assumed that after a few days, you’d be back on your feet, and the kitchen would be back in business. Your head was full of charming visions of the baby sleeping blissfully in her carefully chosen swing while you made paleo butternut squash risotto and sat down with a nice glass of wine.
Then the reality hit.
It’s OK: You can stop searching for wholesome sit-down meals and accept the wonderful world of one-handed food.
1. If someone offers to bring you food, say yes immediately.
2. Whatever you can possibly afford to pay the delivery driver is worth it.
3. Haven’t gone grocery shopping in a while? Chips and salsa make a... balanced meal.
4. Lukewarm food is great because you don’t have to feel bad if it lands on baby.
5. If you’re breastfeeding, you’re still eating for two.
Want another taco to chase down that pizza? Go ahead—you’re helping establish your milk supply.
6. Remember that ice cream comes in convenient single-serving pints.
7. It’s OK to splurge on food that’s already cut up for you.
The pre-chopped veggie section is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Speaking of, you will never value sliced bread as much as you do when you suddenly find yourself with one functional hand and a baby who lunges for whatever you’re holding (like a knife).
8. Seriously: It's important to put down all the other stuff you were doing and feed yourself.
9. And don’t forget to drink water.
Truly. Fill up some water bottles and stash them around the house. You will love yourself for it.
10. Congrats, you’re not pregnant anymore! Drink other stuff too.
11. And remember—you’ve got this!
Galen Duffy is a work-at-home mom of three with a passion for fitness, good food, and enjoying her wonderfully chaotic household. She has volunteered as a babywearing educator, building resources to help make babywearing accessible to everyone with a baby.