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Post-Baby Power Foods

As a new mom, you've got different dietary needs, says Rachel Brandeis, R.D., spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Here, the foods you now need most (supplements may be an option with your doctor's okay):

Protein Why you need it: 60 to 70 grams of lean protein daily helps your body recover from childbirth. Where to get it: lean fish, chicken, beef, lentils, eggs

Calcium Why you need it: 1,200 milligrams (mgs) a day helps rebuild bone lost during pregnancy. Where to get it: milk, yogurt, cheese, collard greens, spinach, a supplement

Iron Why you need it: 18 mgs aids in rebuilding iron stores -- a deficiency can lead to fatigue and anemia. Where to get it: lean beef, fortified grains, cereal, a supplement

Choline Why you need it: 425 mgs a day maintains memory. Where to get it: egg yolk, steak, beef, liver, a supplement

Folic acid Why you need it: 400 micrograms a day prevents neural-tube birth defects in case you get pregnant by accident. Where to get it: multivitamins, fortified cereals, orange juice

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