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Bone Broth and Pregnancy with Nutritionist Laura Hughes

Drinking bone broth during and after pregnancy has been said to do wonders for both mother and baby, and with its high level of collagen, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, it really is no surprise that so many mothers are turning to bone broth as a way of natural healing! We spoke to qualified nutritionist, Laura Hughes, from The Pregnancy Food Company, about the many ways that bone broth can help with fertility, pregnancy and postpartum, including developing a healthy baby, bone health and birth recovery.

We believe that bone broth is an essential food staple for pregnancy and recovery from birth. We always recommend choosing an organic brand of bone broth like Osius so that you can reap the benefits of increased nutrients and lower exposure to toxins.

Bone broth contains an abundance of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus to help baby's growing bones - it’s important that your diet is rich in these minerals during pregnancy otherwise your baby will simply take them from your bones whilst in the womb, which can result in bone depletion and osteoporosis. These minerals also play an important role in breastfeeding as they help you to produce milk that is full of calcium, so be sure to continue drinking bone broth even after the baby is here!

It’s important to be as healthy as possible and to keep your immunity in tip-top shape during preconception, pregnancy and postpartum. Bone broth contains immune boosting properties like arginine, glutamine, and glycine which are essential for a healthy immune system and reducing inflammation in the body. Bone broth is also known for its gut-healing properties, and given that up to 80% of our immune system is found in the gut, it’s obvious why healing your gut sounds like the right place to start when it comes to immunity.

Bone broth is full of glycine, collagen, and gelatin which can help to support your connective tissues, ligaments and the growing placenta. Glycine is also required for placental growth and helps the developing fetus absorb protein, and also protects you and your baby from toxins and stress. The gelatin and collagen promote skin elasticity which can prevent stretch marks and tighten loose skin postpartum, and they also make up the foundation of cartilage and bone meaning they further promote bone health for both you and baby.

Drinking bone broth is great for women who are unable to eat in the early stages of pregnancy, as it contains calcium, magnesium, and potassium which are all nutrients that you need post-morning sickness, and it is also a great way to settle nausea.