How Bone Broth Promotes a Healthy Pregnancy
When we think about how long bone broth has been around, it’s not hard to imagine many groups of women standing around big simmering pots full of broth to feed their growing families, passing down their recipes from generation to generation. Our grandmothers, their grandmothers and their grandmothers knew that whole, nutrient-rich food is the best way to nourish ourselves, and it’s never more important to consider what you’re putting into your body than when you’re growing another one. Keep reading to find out how bone broth promotes a healthy pregnancy and why every mom-to-be should add it into her routine.
It’s Easy to Digest
In those first days (or weeks, or months — we feel you!) of pregnancy, it can be hard to stomach more than water and crackers. But in the early stages of your baby’s growth and development, getting proper nutrition is an absolute must.
Rather than filling your cup with sugary beverages like ginger ale or sports drinks to rehydrate and settle your stomach, heat up a soothing cup of Osso Good bone broth instead. If you’re struggling with morning sickness, it can help to have smaller meals and snacks throughout the day, even when you don’t feel like eating much at all.
Our smooth, creamy formula is flavorful without being overpowering, perfect for a soothing snack that warms you to your soul. Osso Good bone broth also aligns with the paleo and Whole30 eating plans. Better yet, it’s free of potentially irritating ingredients, like gluten and dairy, making it easy to sip throughout the day to keep your stomach from running on empty.
All that sipping is actually good for your gut, as bone broth helps the beneficial bacteria and flora flourish so they can aid in nutrient absorption. That’s also good news if you’re feeling ravenous — you don’t have to feel guilty for drinking mug after mug!
It’s Full of Essential Nutrients
Pregnancy nutrition is tricky. Our bodies are changing at an alarming rate, sending all of our available nutrients down to the baby. This leaves little energy left for mom. Whether you’re barely able to keep down toast or find yourself binging on ice cream and pickles, there’s likely room for more vitamins and minerals in your diet.
Osso Good bone broth is an all-in-one superfood powerhouse. The slew of nutrients come from the slow simmering of, well, more interesting bits of humanely raised animals. We won’t list them in detail here, as this post is geared toward pregnant moms-to-be who may feel a little queasy to begin with.
In any event, all that slow simmering releases massive amounts of nutrients that can be easily absorbed by your body. Osso Good’s broth contains bone marrow, which supports vital stem cell creation and turnover. It’s also rich in amino acids, which aid in nearly every metabolic process within the body. These acids, such as proline, glycine, and glutamine, work to boost immune function, improve digestion and balance the nervous system. They’re also known to reduce inflammation, which is important during pregnancy when you’re holding on to water weight. And all of these nutrients keep your entire body fueled in a healthy, natural way, giving you more energy to combat the pregnancy fatigue.
It’s a Great Source of Collagen
Collagen is responsible for much of our body’s elasticity, both inside and out. It’s the glue that holds our bodies together while providing strength to our skin, muscles and bones. By the time most women reach child-birthing age, our collagen production has started to slow. This can lead to very visible side effects such as an increase in the appearance of wrinkles and, in the case of pregnancy, stretch marks.
But just because our body’s collagen production has started to slow doesn’t mean we have to go with less of it. We can certainly add collagen back into our bodies through our diet, and Osso Good bone broth is bursting with it.
Drinking a cup of bone broth every morning can help boost your skin’s ability to bounce back after the baby is born. Studies have also shown that it can repair brittle nails and potentially reverse hair loss. But it’s not all about vanity. The collagen you’re ingesting is going straight into your baby’s food supply, building healthy and strong connective tissue from the very beginning.
Just as you benefit from the highly bioavailable amino acids, collagen, and essential nutrients in Osso Good bone broth, you’re also passing those right on to your baby in a safe and natural way — through food. Once the baby is born, you can keep on fueling with bone broth, knowing that you’re helping to nourish yourself and your family with organic ingredients you can feel good about.
If you want to feel extra good about it, here’s a sneak peek at how our bone broth is made. We first gather all the essential ingredients, which vary slightly based on the type of broth we’re creating. The bone selection comes from organic chicken, organic turkey, Berkshire pork and/or grass-fed and finished beef. Organic vegetables and spices are in our broth, as is filtered water and a dash of organic apple cider vinegar.
Once we’ve assembled all these amazing ingredients, they all go in a big pot to slow simmer over low heat for at least 24 hours. By the time the slow simmering is done, we’re left with an awesomely delicious sippable bone broth — which we pass on to you.
Getting proper nutrition when pregnant can be really tricky — you may feel like eating nothing at all or everything in sight. All our bone broth is nutrient-rich and collagen-dense, providing essential amino acids, proteins and other superfood ingredients that your pregnancy diet may be lacking. By now you definitely have an overview of how bone broth promotes a healthy pregnancy, making you feel good about nourishing your body as it builds a new life.