I am about to tell you about the postpartum recovery soup that helped me heal quickly during my postpartum period. It is made from pig’s feet, or pig trotters. I know the idea of eating pig’s feet may disgust you, but trust me on trying pig trotter soup. You need to drink this postpartum recovery soup if you have just given birth. It is one of the things that I really needed to consume nutritionally postpartum. It is a traditional soup and has great postpartum benefits.
I am so grateful that I was periodically seeing a very good doctor of acupuncture before having my daughter. She helped me to have a more balanced and healthy pregnancy. One of her last pieces of advice before I gave birth was to make a particular soup and to be sure to drink it every day until my daughter was six weeks old.
She told me to make a simple soup of pig’s trotters (feet), Chinese black vinegar, ginger and eggs (hard boiled). She said this would help with recovery and help to bring all the blood out. I asked when I should come back. She said around week 2 to help prevent any problems. She also said not to eat or drink anything cold.
Postpartum Recovery Through Pig Trotter Soup
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), if you are “damp” like me especially, they advise you to avoid cold things to bring you into balance. TCM believes that after birth women are “cold”. My acupuncturist gave me the same advice before I got pregnant when I was trying to treat my PCOS. Also, in my travels to China, most Chinese people would tell me to not drink anything cold. This is something they practice on a regular basis. They believe that drinking cold things is bad for your body. I am now accustomed to drinking room temperature or warm beverages and now I prefer them! It is so much better for digestion. The body is able to process better with warm drinks.
The postpartum recovery soup and the avoidance of cold food and drinks is very much a part of Chinese tradition for postpartum recovery. I attribute my great recovery and quick weight loss to this great advice. It felt amazing to eat all those warming foods, especially the first week. I am serious when I say to make enough of the pig trotter soup to drink some every day for the first 6 weeks. My acupuncturist said the black vinegar and the ginger help “all the bad stuff come out” and the broth from the pig trotters helps your milk come in!
The pig trotter soup is the first meal I had after giving birth. My mom brought in a thermos of it to the hospital and it smelled wonderful. Even the nurses commented on how good it smelled!
The hardest part about making this postpartum recovery soup is finding a good source of pig’s feet. Pig’s feet are not a common item at farmer’s markets or organic grocery stores. It is important to source pig’s feet from a farmer that has allowed their pigs to be on pasture. My mom was able to obtain some from her local farmer. Be sure to ask around at your farmer’s market and reach out to your local Weston A. Price chapter leader. As an absolute last resort, pig’s feet are sold at Walmart, but I would not trust the source. Who knows how the pigs lived their lives? They were most likely fed GMO grain and not allowed to root around in the soil or pasture.
Pig Trotter Soup Preparation
One other thing to make sure of is that the pig’s feet are cleaned properly. I believe it is a standard procedure if the pig’s feet will be sold that they must be scalded. Be sure to find this out because pigs are dirty animals and they trot all around in the mud and in fecal matter. Now for the recipe!
- 2 pasture raised pig trotters
- 2½ cups Chinese black vinegar (buy it here or at an Asian market) or balsalmic vinegar if you can't find the Chinese black vinegar
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp coconut sugar (helps to balance the vinegar in the recipe)
- ½ cup coconut aminos
- Filtered water
- 2 inch piece of organic ginger, sliced
- Pastured eggs (have at least 2 per bowl of soup)
- Organic zoodles (spiralized organic zucchini), rice noodles or rice (optional)
- Get your butcher to cut the pig trotters into one inch pieces (optional, but extracts the minerals better).
- Cover the trotters with filtered water in a large pot, cover with a lid and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
- Drain the water, rinse with cold filtered water.
- Fill the pot with the trotters half way full with filtered water. Add the black vinegar, coconut sugar, coconut aminos and ginger. If the trotters are not covered, add more water until they are covered.
- Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, simmer for 45 minutes.
- Towards the end of the simmering time, boil eggs to have ready for the soup.
- Add boiled pastured eggs to a bowl and cover with soup. You can add zoodles, rice noodles or rice to the bowl to make this a more complete meal, but it is completely optional. Be sure to drink this every day for the first 6 weeks postpartum. Enjoy!
My recipe is featured on the Weston Price Foundation’s Recipe of the Week – be sure to check it out!