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7. Daily dietary allowances of nonpregnant, pregnant, 
    and breastfeeding womem (See Table 3-1) Daily Dietary Allowances of Nonpregnant,
Lactating and Pregnant Women
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8. Recommended number of food group servings (See Table 3-2) Daily Food Guide for Women
 
 
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9. Specific types of food and food preparation in relation to the postpartum woman

a. Follow diet as prescribed by your physician/practitioner.

b. Drink 8 to 12 glasses of water daily (average 10).

c. Consume plenty of protein, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, and milk.

d. Bran cereals or dried fruits prevent constipation. (Cesarean section mothers and mothers with fourth-degree lacerations may receive instructions to avoid roughage foods consult your OB provider.)

e. Cesarean section mothers may have discomfort due to "gas pain." If tolerated, use 1 tablespoon of dark molasses three times a day to help the intestines move sooner and push out the gas. This may be mixed in water, juice, tea, or milk or may be taken by itself.

f. Avoid "gassy" foods (broccoli, cauliflower, baked beans, fried foods, hot dogs, and cucumbers).

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