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Benefits of Consuming Bone Broth before and after Pregnancy

As pregnant women, we cannot miss adding bone-broth in our diet plans. Bone broth is densely packed with nutrients, and since we can either make it at home inexpensively or we can purchase an already made bone-broth pack, there is no excuse for its availability. 

For hundreds of years, traditional cultures used to make particular emphasis on using an entire animal, making it a must for a woman to make the flavorful and healthy nutrient broth from the bones as often as possible. But unfortunately, the practice of making broth using the bones with the same traditional formula became outdated. 

When we purchase already packed bone-broth, it can take between 45 minutes - 4 hours to prepare it. But if we decide to prepare our own, it can take more time. While the broth simmers, nutrients and minerals leach into the water from the bones, forming a nourishing liquid which is a great substance to consume for anyone; but for pregnant women, you will receive more benefits.

But how does the broth nourish us during pregnancy? What are its benefits to new mothers? To answer these questions and more, let us look at what bone-broth is packed with and how it helps us.
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Bone Broth is rich in collagen and gelatin

The ideal food substance we can find gelatin in is jello. What is jello? You might ask, "Jello is a sweet product made from gelatin that is made from boiling bones and animal hides." Although the additional sugar and the artificial food coloring make Jello the least favorite product, the gelatin derived from high-quality sourced bones make it a great connection to health benefits for new mothers. 

Collagen is found in gelatin, and it is more commonly identified as a “beauty nutrient.” This is because it makes the hair grow long and the fingernails to be strong. It is believed to also help in tightening loose skin. Also, these nutrients are used in supporting connective tissue and joints, alongside helping to make bone and cartilage.

Rich in minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium

The minerals listed above are necessary for the growth of our fetus and to build strong bones. These minerals have to be obtained from a healthy, pregnancy diet. Otherwise, our body will have to borrow them from our bones to give it to our babies.

There have been seminars where a health nutritionist held a device to test osteoporosis. In results collected from some active young women, the scan showed the presence of osteopenia; this is a disease that shows early signs of loss of bones that can, later on, become osteoporosis if the right steps are not taken. The women who had these signs were not typical of the required criteria because they had already given birth. They had low bone density because the minerals that make the bones strong were offered to their babies directly from their bones.

The result shows that when we consume bone-broth, it is not just for the purpose of the bones of the baby, it also helps keep yours from being used. One of the many benefits of bone-broth is that the body absorbs it so well, compared to how supplements and over-the-counter vitamins are absorbed. Bone-broth is a great calcium source; if we continue drinking more bone-broth in your pregnancy diet while you are breastfeeding, you will be able to produce milk rich in calcium which will also help us from depleting our reserve as we keep our bone densities at the optimum levels.

Rich in chondroitin and glucosamine

Chondroitin and glucosamine are among the most important nutrients you can consume to nourish healthy joints. During our pregnancy, they will not only support the development of our baby’s bones, they will also support our joints while we are pregnant, in order to support the pregnancy. Joint pain is a common issue during pregnancy; we can have stiff joints, soreness and pain in our joints (elbows, knees, hips, and fingers), but if you consume bone-broth,  you are less likely to experience such kind of discomfort. 

During your pregnancy, you are likely to add weight which can add some strain to our joints. In addition, the relaxin hormone produced by our bodies helps restore bone and joint strength. Relaxin, a female hormone secreted by the corpus luteum that helps soften the cervix and relax the pelvic ligaments in childbirth, does not disappear when we give birth. When we start to nurse our babies, we will produce more relaxin hormone, and if we drink bone-broth after pregnancy, we will avoid any injury and build stronger bones and joints until our body reorganizes itself to its normal levels of operation.

Great source of amino acids

The requirements of protein when we are pregnant increase by approximately 25 grams and when we get to the breastfeeding phase, it increases even further. Bone broth contains an amino acid that is used to boost our immune system, fight body inflammation, improve our digestion, slam the mind and promote sleep. Bone-broth is also high in glycine, proline, and arginine.

Assist to counter nausea

The earlier weeks of pregnancy are usually filled with nausea. It can be tough to eat food without feeling some nausea, but broth has some soothing factors to make it easy for us to digest food and calm the stomach real quick. 


How to make bone broth with a simple recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2lbs or more of pork, beef or chicken bones. You can let some meat be attached to the bones.
  • A quarter cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of sea salt
  • Vegetables are optional
  • Four quarts of water
Method

After washing the bones and meat, place them in a large stockpot or a slow cooker. Add water to cover the bones and place the vinegar and let it rest for half an hour for the acid to extract the minerals right out of the bones. Chop the vegetables and add them to them into the slow cooker/stock pot. Add some salt, other seasonings, and pepper. Boil the broth and let it simmer for about 2 hours, or if you are using a slow cooker, let it simmer the entire night. 

The longer the time you give it to simmer the better. You will notice a film that floats on the surface of the liquid; you can use a large spoon to discard it. Once that is done, you can now drink and enjoy. You can refrigerate the broth for a period of one week, or you can freeze to four months. The best way to store it is using a mason jar that is tightly sealed.
Where to Buy Bone Broth - the WunderBones Soup Company
Chef-Driven with Old School Simmering Techniques
Available in 4 Delicious Flavors