Without fail I give these recipes to all expectant mothers and patients going into surgery due to the loss of blood and the energy exerted during these traumatic events. Preparing foods that can be made ahead of time and frozen will help out immensely during recovery, especially if you are getting used to being a mother! There is nothing more nutritious and nurturing that can quickly rebuild blood and bones. In Chinese Medicine we call these substances essence, ying, and qi.
Properly prepared stock (AKA as broth) contains the minerals of bone, cartilage, and marrow and the electrolytes from vegetables in a form that is easy and quick to assimilate. Making your own broth also ensures that unnecessary toxic additives are not in your soup which is important during recovery.