Do you know a pregnant woman? Chances are you do. And, chances are that that woman will be left alone and forgotten in her postpartum period. Western culture is sorely lacking in the skill of mothering a mother. I hope that, with the help of thousands of you, we can begin to change that!
I experienced four postpartums wherein I had extreme depression, anxiety, low milk supply, clogged ducts, colicky baby, low weight gain baby (FTT, if I’m honest), and the list goes on. When I got pregnant the fifth time, after two losses, I was terrified. Yes, of another loss, but also of the postpartum period. I had fought for my life for months after my first was born without knowing what I was up against or that I COULD ask for help… nevermind that there was help to be had. By the time my second was born, I began to put things together and realized that I was one of several women who experienced postpartum depression. What I didn’t know was that I didn’t HAVE TO! (If you’d like to read more about my experience with postpartum depression, go read The Elephant In The Room Of Motherhood.)
Through that 5th pregnancy I learned, I researched, and I prepared. A key book that you must have and READ if you are pregnant, plan to be pregnant, or know someone who is pregnant is The First Forty Days. Through it I learned things that people knew and practiced for thousands of years that has been lost in the hustle and bustle of our culture. A culture that expects a new mother to bounce back to ‘normal’ a week or two after she gives birth.
I learned that you needed nourishing foods, broth and soup specifically to heal the large wound that is inside of you. I could go on and on about what I learned, but this is a recipe. For more on what I did, read How I Avoided Postpartum Depression A Fifth Time. This recipe originally came from The First Forty Days book but I put my own spin on it and that is what you’ll find below. GET THE BOOK THOUGH! So much other valuable information in it!
A common intolerance for new infants is dairy. So, this recipe is intentionally dairy free as long as your use avocado oil in place of butter.
There is a lot of vegetable chopping, so I recommend making smart use of your food processor for just about everything other than the potatoes and leeks. I use it to slice the carrots and dice everything else!
Let’s get chopping!
Heat 3 Tbs avocado oil or butter in large soup pot. This recipe makes 4-6 servings but I tend to quadruple everything I make… so my soup pot is huge! 😉
Slice 2 leeks thin using only the white parts. Set aside, peel 2 white onions then place them in your food processor to dice.
Add Onions and Leeks to hot oil plus a tsp mineral salt. Stir frequently until translucent.
Next, use your food processor to slice your carrots. Then chop your potatoes (I do this by hand). I then get a big bowl to toss them all into.
Next, I put my tomatoes in the food processor and let it make mush of them. In this way, I am able to keep all of the juice for the pot. Add them to the carrots and potatoes and do the same again with the mushrooms as my family prefers to have mushrooms small enough to not know they are there ;).
Add the mushrooms to the large bowl and don’t forget to stir your onions and leeks.
Next, I add all my seasonings on top of the prepared vegetables.
2 Cinnamon Sticks, 1 pinky finger slice of Fresh Ginger, 1 Tbs ground Cumin, 1 Tbs Coriander Seeds, 1 tsp Tumeric, and 1 dried Bay Leaf.
Once the leeks and onions are ready, dump your bowl of prepared veggies and spices in with them and add the cashews.
Add broth/water and your water & gelatin combination from earlier to your pot and stir it all together.
Let simmer on medium-high heat with the lid off for 15 minutes.
Add the millet, cover, and let simmer on low for 30 minutes.
Stir in the coconut milk, and green beans and let simmer on low, covered an additional 10 minutes.
This also freezes well in pint jars (leave 2 inches headspace at minimum.) or quart freezer bags for your own 4th trimester season.
If you are beyond your childbearing years but know someone who is pregnant or just had a baby, love on them! Make this for them. Go do their laundry and dishes. They will NEVER forget!
If you are pregnant and this is something you would like on hand, make it and freeze it. But also, SHARE this. Help end the ignorance of what women need in their 4th trimester.
And, finally, if you are in your childbearing years, you likely have friends who are also. Sow into those friends! Be the one that showed up with soup and helped clean the house and didn’t hold the baby. When it’s your turn, they’ll show up for you too!