Those sweet moments after birth are like nothing else – a gorgeous bub in your arms, and a sense of pure satisfaction … sigh. And then you realise how hungry you are.
Birthing a bub will make you ravenous, and if you give birth in hospital one of the huge pluses is that your meals are cooked for you. It may not be five star dining, but we don’t do too bad in Australia. But have you ever wondered what other new mums get to eat during their maternity ward stay?
An imgur user has lifted the cloche on her hospital meals after recently giving birth in Japan, and we’re all sorts of green with envy.
Omuraisu, macaroni salad, chicken soup, squid rings, fruit, green tea
That’s a Japanese omelet, with some delish side treats.
Salmon with mushroom sauce, soba noodles, rice, eggplant and beef, broccoli, hijiki salad
Protein-packed fish and plenty of vegies and carbs.
Sea bream, pasta salad, chicken meatballs, pickled daikon, rice, miso soup, chawan mushi, green tea
Fish AND chicken, soup and a green tea to wash it all down.
Chicken fingers with shredded cabbage salad, bitter melon stir fry, agedashi tofu, carrot salad, rice, miso soup
Another protein-packed meal with lots of tasty tit bits.
Mackerel, konbu salad, natto, spinach salad, miso soup, rice, milk, green tea
Fish seems to be a common theme, as does rice and soup. But we’re not complaining.
Mushroom pasta, potato salad, broccoli and bacon salad, chicken soup, fruit, bread, green tea
A scrumptious pasta, delicious salad, more soup and bread, because carbs are not the enemy.
Cod, shredded cabbage salad, pasta salad, sweet potato and peas, rice, green tea
So many different varieties of fish, and fancy salads.
Salmon, tofu, spinach salad, natto, miso soup, rice, milk
A lighter meal, that still packs plenty of punch.
Chicken with mushroom sauce, braised pumpkin and pork, daikon carrot salad, rice, miso soup, chawan mushi
A feast for the eyes as well as the tummy, this lot is all aimed at helping mums recover from birth.
Fried fish with tartar sauce, braised mountain potatoes, hijiki salad, spinach and carrot stir fry, rice, green tea
Fish and chips, Japanese-style. Yum.
Whoa! That’s one mighty fine spread – Japan certainly knows how to treat its new mummas! If you’re expecting, make sure you read our handy guide to food that you can eat, and foods to avoid during pregnancy.