7) Iron for postnatal fatigue
Low iron levels and anaemia
are common in late pregnancy due to the increased volume of blood you need to grow your baby.
"It’s even more prevalent after the birth, due to the natural blood loss that occurs during delivery," says health visitor Sarah Mugford.
Anaemia can make you feel lethargic, so boost iron stores by eating a diet rich in dark-green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, watercress, chard and curly kale, plus beans, nuts, meat, apricots and prunes.
"Vegetable sources of iron aren’t as easily absorbed as iron found in red meat," says Rafe. "But you can maximise absorption from greens by finely chopping or puréeing them, then eating them with fish, poultry or meat."