5 Reasons Why You Need To Be Drinking Bone Broth in Pregnancy and Postpartum

Bone broth has recently re-surged in popularity for its myriad of health benefits. During pregnancy and postpartum, warming mugs of bone broth can provide powerfully concentrated nutrition to nourish your body and your baby.

Here are 5 reasons why you need to be drinking this simple, yet deeply nourishing elixir throughout your perinatal journey.

Bone Broth is a Nutrient Dense Powerhouse for Both You and Your Baby

Bone broth is one of the most nutrient rich, east to digest food sources you can find.

It contains substantial amounts of:

  • Collagen and Gelatin – These proteins support healthy joints, bones, skin, hair, nails, and gut lining. The amino acids in collagen also help your body absorb the protein also found in bone broth.
  • B Vitamins – Important for cellular energy production and red blood cell generation. Folate is one of the most important B vitamins for pregnancy because it helps prevent neural tube defects in your the growing baby and supports cellular function and tissue growth in you, as you heal postpartum.
  • Minerals like Calcium, Phosphorus, and Magnesium – Vital for bone health in the birthgiver and baby. These also aid muscle and nerve function.

Consuming nutrient-dense bone broth during pregnancy and postpartum helps meet increased nutritional demands. The easily digestible nutrients can be absorbed efficiently to optimize your body’s recovery and baby’s development.

Supports Tissue and Joint Repair and Growth

The body experiences birth as a trauma. The wounds we are left with after birth take an immense amount of energy to heal. Bone broth is full of essential vitamins and minerals that aid the body in this healing process. Protein (muscle building/repair), iron (think blood loss), and collagen (tissue repair and reduces inflammation) are just a handful of these recovery-supporting micronutrients found in bone broth.

Your joints and ligaments become much more relaxed and flexible in pregnancy due to your body needing to accommodate your little one and prepare for the birthing processes. The softening of your joints and ligaments is due to a hormone called relaxin. Bone broth not only contains collagen, but it also contains glucosamine and Chondroitin which both help build cartilage.

Gut-Soothing Properties

The collagen and gelatin peptides in bone broth also have wonderful gut-healing benefits. Your digestion may be impacted by hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy. Not to mention the literal shifting of your internal organs as your body makes more room for your growing baby! These can all lead to some unpleasant digestive issues. Sipping bone broth can coat and soothe your digestive tract making it easier for your body to absorb more nutrients from your food.

The nutrients, gelatin, collagen, and fats found in bone broth also work to help keep your bowel movements moving, reduce inflammation and bloat, and keep your belly happy all around.

Hydration for Pregnancy and Postpartum

Did you that during pregnancy, your blood volume increases by around 45%? So staying hydrated is extremely important during pregnancy in order to keep up with that increase of fluid production and to help avoid complications.

After birth, your body loses a significant amount of that excess fluid during labor and delivery. Replenishing this loss by drinking plenty of fluids – like bone broth – helps prevent exhaustion and dizziness as you recover.

In addition to helping you soothe digestive woes, bone broth may also help alleviate nausea in pregnancy. It is comforting and easy to sip, helping you settle your stomach and get in your needed nutrients when nothing else seems to stay down.

If you are choosing to breast/chestfeed your body also needs to maintain a healthy milk supply. Staying hydrated is key. Drinking bone broth not only helps you get your liquids in but it also contains electrolytes making it a wonderful hydrator for thirsty lactating parents.

Instead of drinking only plain water, bone broth adds flavor and nutrition in an easy to drink form, making it simple to stay hydrated throughout your perinatal journey.

An Ancient Superfood for Modern Birthgivers

There is a reason this ancient super food is still being used to nourish our birthing parents today today. Bone broth is a comforting, versatile, and deeply nourishing food that is a must have on your pregnancy and postpartum nutrition lists.

If you want to try making an easy and delicious homemade bone broth, click here to get my free Nourishing Bone Broth Recipe.

Of course, I always recommend you speak with your healthcare provider before making any diet changes to ensure it aligns with your unique health goals. The information in this article is for educational purposes only and not intended as medical advise.

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