Don't just wait to get better after childbirth ACTIVELY do things that will help you restore what you lost in pregnancy and labor (and nursing!!!)
Next time a friend/family offers to get you a present for the new baby- ask for this! It will help you recover, stock back on all the good stuff you gave away for your baby, and enjoy more abundant mother milk
what's a better present for a newborn than that?
Rich in gelatin, cologne, protein and many many more healing qualities this is a great way to rehabilitate after child birth and is one of my basic tips for new moms
The afterbirth bone broth!
(sorry vegetarians, I know of no replacement that is as effective for this specific period of life)
What will you need?
- A big stock pot or slow cooker (This broth cooks for hours! So, use the biggest stock pot you have)
- Fine strainer
- 2 pounds or more of animal bones (I use beef leg bones and poultry necks)
- 1 pound of carrots
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 onions
- 1/4 cup apple vinegar cider
- 1-2 tablespoons of salt
- 1 teaspoon of black peppercorn
- Optional: As many roots, greens and seasonings you like (my favorites are handfuls of cilantro and parsley leaves+ roots!)
Step 1: Place the bones in the large stock pot or slow cooker. Cover the bones with cool water and add apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 20-30 minutes. (The acid helps leach the minerals from the bones.)
step 2: Rough chop vegetables and add them to the pot with any salt, pepper, spices, or herbs you are using (don’t chop the greens!). Bring the broth to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Watch the broth for the first 2 hours for a film that floats to the surface. Remove this with a large spoon.
Step 3: Simmer for at least 24 hours
Step 4: Remove from heat and use a fine metal strainer to remove all remaining pieces of bone and vegetable (you can enjoy them as a fresh meal! But it is not recommended to freeze these parts)
It can be kept in the fridge for 5 days, or stoked in the freezer for later use
How to use? Drink a cup of broth a day for nourishment (you can have more if you like, listen to your body's needs) You can also use it to upgrade any vegetables you are sautéing, soups, stews, gravies…
Get strong, feel good, have a sweet early motherhood time! Hillah