Pregnancy and childbirth are crucial stages of life for all women. It not only takes a toll on you mentally but the physical changes are so intense that the body needs support during the recovery phase after childbirth. Postpartum recovery requires dietary changes that can help replenish red blood cells (RBCs) lost during childbirth. One way to do that is by consuming soups and broths.
According to Healthline, here are some soups that can help women recover after childbirth:
Fortified Seaweed Soup:
Korean families often serve seaweed soup to new mothers. Known as “myok guk”, the soup helps in quick recovery from normal stress and the postpartum rest period is known as “sam-chil-lee”. The fiber-rich soup helps ward off constipation and is rich in calcium, iodine, and iron content to improve bone density, help baby’s brain development, and prevent anemia.
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Herbed Tomato Soup
Adding fresh herbs to tomato soup can help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. Basil, turmeric, parsley and garlic have various properties like mood-boosting, liver detoxification, anti-inflammatory properties and antibacterial properties respectively. Tomato basil soup is a comforting classic that can be given to mom regularly to help her recover.
Green papaya fish soup
Green papaya is a popular food for breastfeeding mothers in China and Vietnam. Research shows that grated carrots with green papaya can help improve vitamin A and iron in breastfeeding mothers. It boosts immunity and vitamins A, C, E and K along with folates, magnesium, potassium and calcium help in postpartum recovery in various ways.
Chicken soup is given to new mothers in Mexico during the first 40 days after pregnancy because it is believed that the reproductive system takes 40 days to heal and return to its original shape after childbirth. Chicken soup is preferred by them as it is not too spicy or heavy and is a perfect soup for a person who is in the postpartum recovery phase.
What foods do you recommend for postpartum recovery according to your culture and beliefs?