First and foremost, congratulations! Whether it’s your first, second, or even third child, pregnancy and motherhood is a precious experience every time, and you want to make sure everything goes well for you and your baby, before and after it is born.
This means, among others, keeping yourself healthy, taking it easy - especially in the first trimester - and taking in enough nutrients for your baby’s development. If you’re worried that your diet isn’t nutritious or wholesome enough, you can always supplement it…which is probably why you’re here, wondering whether you should start eating bird’s nest or not.
Short answer: YES. For a longer answer, read on!
Why bird’s nest?
Chinese mothers have long believed that bird’s nest is a rich, nourishing supplement that provides a nutrition boost for both mother and baby. Bird’s nest contains lots of proteins, collagen, glycine, trytophan, threonine and amino acids that are beneficial to the body. We’ll elaborate on this topic further down.
As a natural product, bird’s nest is generally safe for consumption by mothers-to-be, although if you suspect or know that you’re allergic to it, please play it safe and avoid bird’s nest during your pregnancy!
How much bird’s nest should you take?
As with everything else, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing! Bird’s nest should actually be taken in small amounts, although it can be taken daily or every other day.
3g of bird’s nest in each serving is perfect for you - and this is the exact amount we fill in every bottle of GeGe’s freshly boiled bird’s nest drinks. Yes, that’s the same recommended amount for everyone else; eating for two does not mean eating double of everything. Your wallet can breathe a sigh of relief. You’re eating for two at the price of one!
When can you start taking bird’s nest?
For all the goodness bird’s nest offers you, it’s not meant to be consumed whenever you feel like it, at least when you’re pregnant. The general consensus is that bird’s nest is safe to consume after your first trimester of pregnancy, which is your fourth to ninth months.
Don’t worry if you’ve consumed bird’s nest before you knew you were already pregnant! In traditional Chinese medicine, it’s said that mothers should eat warm, well-cooked, easily digested food to keep your spleen, stomach and uterus warm. It is believed that the first three months of gestation is the time for your embryo to embed itself in your uterus and establish all those important connections for its growth inside your belly. Bird’s nest drinks are slightly cooling, which is why they’re only recommended from your second trimester onwards.
However, it’s still possible to consume bird’s nest from your first trimester. Just remember to add a few slices of ginger into your bird’s nest drinks to warm your body and balance the slight coolness of bird’s nest. The immunity-booster benefit of bird’s nest can be beneficial here as your body is still adjusting itself to prepare for your child.
How should you prepare bird’s nest?
Now that you know when and how much bird’s nest should be consumed, your next question might be: how shall you prepare it? Are there any bird’s nest recipes specifically for pregnancy?
Bird’s nest is considered a neutral ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine, so it jives well with your need to stay warm. As aforementioned, you can add a few slices of ginger to add more warmth to your bird’s nest drinks. You might also want to watch your sugar levels, depending on advice from your doctor as your pregnancy progresses. Other than that, though, your bird’s nest can be consumed as normal.
You can also skip the whole hassle of preparation by ordering or purchasing ready-made bird’s nest drinks, so long as you’re aware of the contents.
Of course, considering the price of bird’s nest, you’d want to know what benefits it offers you before you make this investment. Here are some benefits you stand to reap:
Your body undergoes many hormonal changes as it prepares for pregnancy, and these changes might bring back an unwanted memory of another hormone-related phase during adolescence…acne! The collagen in bird’s nest can help relieve this symptom.
Lower pre-eclampsia risk
Pre-eclampsia a pregnancy complication with symptoms such as high blood pressure and damage to organs, such as your liver or kidneys, and in severe cases it can be life-threatening. Bird’s nest contains glycine, which can help reduce your risk of pre-eclampsia.
Bird’s nest also contains trytophan, an amino acid that has anti-depressant properties. Remember that bird’s nest is just a supplement, so pair it up with relaxing mind exercises and a positive mindset to keep the blues at bay!
Relieves stretch marks
Your body undergoes huge changes during pregnancy as it stretches and swells to cradle your baby. The stretch marks on your skin is caused by rapid growth of your body during pregnancy. They appear when such abrupt changes rupture the collagen and elastin in your skin. Luckily, bird’s nest is rich in collagen and EGF, which bolster your skin’s elasticity and allow it to return to its pre-baby glory more easily.
Boost immunity and recovery
Your bundle of joy is finally here! Like it or not, childbirth tends to tire your body, so you need to quickly shore up your immunity post-partum. You’ve lost a lot of blood, your muscles, organs and skin need to heal, and you’re also losing sleep thanks to your newborn, so it’s normal to feel tired and stressed out, but that leaves you vulnerable to getting sick. The nutrients in bird’s nest can help you recover faster - plus, your baby might reap its benefits too as they drink your breast milk!
Now that we’ve gone through the hows, whens, and whys of bird’s nest consumption during pregnancy, let us offer you our heartiest congratulations on this life-changing event. We’d be honoured to accompany you on your wonderful journey - just place an order, and we’ll be right there as soon as the next day!