Changing Diet for Irritability

Kara Matuszewski Sassone

Posted By: Kara Matuszewski Sassone

First -- and second -- time mom. Her twins were born seven weeks early and spent their first three weeks in the NICU. During that time Kara navigated, with the love and support of her husband, how to pump and bring milk to her babies in the hospital.

Everyone knows while you’re pregnant there are certain foods you’re suppose to avoid: sushi, unpasteurized cheese, and deli meat are some. Once baby is born those foods, for the most part, are back on the menu. But there may be other foods you want to avoid.

While I haven’t had any problems with those mentioned, I have noticed that with my changing diet, there are times the babies are more irritable and gassy.

My mom was the first to notice and say something. She was visiting when I mentioned that the babies had been fussy and I couldn’t figure out why. She started asking about what I had eaten. Garlicky hummus, orange juice, and chili stuck out. Bingo.

She suggested I go on a bland diet for three days and then slowly add foods back to my diet to see how the babies do. So for three days I ate chicken noodle soup, chicken and rice soup, graham crackers with peanut butter, and oatmeal. Pretty bland. And pleasantly the babies weren’t as fussy.

That’s when I truly recognized how careful I need to be with what I eat. If I’m gassy, the babies are going to be gassy. If I thought something was spicy, they will definitely think it’s spicy.

These days I avoid the chili, have cut back on the amount of garlic I put in my homemade hummus, and I don’t drink or eat citrus. This is not to say I’ve stuck with the bland diet. I will have pizza or burgers or pork chops. And I still sneak in a sweet or two.

But as we’ve all heard: moderation is key. Cause fussy babies mean a fussy Mommy and nobody likes that.

9:00am on Wednesday March 21
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2:28pm on Wednesday March 21

Broccoli was terrible for my girls!

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