Figuring out what to eat for your best physical and mental health is tricky in general, let alone when you've just grown a human inside your body. Such a major life change requires some dietary changes—so we tapped registered dietitian Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD, to answer some of our top questions about postnatal nutrition in the latest episode of Well+Good's YouTube series You Versus Food.

"Just because you've experienced the wonderful miracle of childbirth doesn't mean the road stops here," Beckerman says. "You still need to get proper nutrition during the postpartum period, otherwise known as the fourth trimester, to help repair the wear and tear that you experienced during pregnancy and childbirth." After childbirth, Beckerman says, your body goes into "wound repairing mode," which means it needs more protein to be able to repair muscles and tissues that were damaged. She says that's why it's a good idea to eat an extra serving of protein per day as part of your postnatal nutrition.

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