Birth is one of the great unknowns. Whether it is your first baby or fourth, we can never quite predict how labor will unfold and it is one of the most intense physical experiences someone will go through. Create a self-care plan to feel grounded as the time approaches and know your wellbeing will be cared for.
Herbal Laborade is a recipe to earmark for your birthing kit. Think of it as a sports drink tailored to the pregnant, birthing, and postpartum mama.
…your third trimester helps tone your uterus and prepare your body for birth.
…during labor to maintain hydration, replace nutrients and electrolytes, and boost energy levels.
…postpartum to aid in replenishment and encourage and enrich breastmilk.
Herbal Laborade is comprised of herbal tea and coconut water with additional enhancements.
Let’s break down the herbal tea ingredient list.
Red raspberry leaf's astringency helps tone and strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles and aids in shortening the length of labor, easing pains from to its antispasmodic properties, and encourages and helps enrich breast milk due to its vitamin and mineral count, including calcium and magnesium.
Nettle leaf full of vitamins and minerals.
Chamomile helps calm the mind, body and belly.
Ginger aids nausea and indigestion that may arise and eases pain from contractions.
Remainder of ingredients:
Coconut water naturally contains the same balance of electrolytes as the human body and is high in containing potassium and sodium.
Maple contains vitamins, minerals, easily digestible sugars.
Lemon aids in hydration.
Salt contains electrolytes and trace minerals which aids in muscle contraction.
Collagen offers protein for a bit more substance at a time when food might not be an option.
Prepare your laborade in the early stages of labor to set the tone of supporting your wellness. Use straw to take small sips between contractions as a good flow for keeping hydrated and don’t forget to pee to avoid discomfort when pushing.
No pregnant? This recipe is still for you on those hot days spent outdoors when you need to refresh and replenish. All herbs here are specific to birthing women, but are generally safe for others, including children.
M A K E
2 tbsp red raspberry leaves
1 tbsp nettle leaves
2 tsp chamomile
½ tsp ginger pieces
2 1/4 c water
Make tea by pouring 2 1/4 cups of boiling water over plants.
Steep for ten minutes.
Strain and squeeze herbs before composting or discarding.
Cool in fridge.
2 c herbal tea
2 c coconut water
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
¼ tsp salt
4 droppers fulvic minerals, optional
2 scoops collagen powder
Pour all ingredients, except collagen, together in a 32oz canning jar.
Add the lid and shake well.
Stir in collagen, whisking immediately to help dissolve the powder.
Add ice if desired.
N O T E S
*Make into ice cubes to suck on if the cool temperature is more appealing.
*Need a fruit flavor? Add a syrup made from diluting jam with water.
*Many recipes you see across the internet include calcium and/or magnesium tablets. Feel free to add those in too, but I choose herbs that contain them!
*Most importantly, check with your provider and birthing location to ensure they allow consumption of food and drink during labor. If they do not, consider save this recipe for your recovery once you return home.
For educational purposes only. Not intended for medical advice. Always consult your physician.
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