About two weeks after Oliver was born, I started breaking out into hives on my extremities. Apart from being overworked by a newborn, I was itching all over. My arms were covered in scabs from scratching and I became extremely self conscious. I decided to go to the dermatologist and was sent home still not knowing what I had. I was prescribed a topical steroid and was told to take some Claritin, even though it would affect Oliver’s heart rate.
In my frustration, I researched heavily on anything that caused raised bumps all over after giving birth. I found different forums with women experiencing similar symptoms caused by something called postpartum hives (more info here).
So apart from losing my hair, looking like a zombie and having different sized boobs, I have to deal with seemingly incurable red, itchy welts. My mom had been insisting that I detox my body, but I was hesitant to do so because I am nursing Oliver. She suggested that I drink beet juice, which shouldn’t affect the baby. So I did my research and to my surprise, beets and beet greens boost milk production!
Going on Day 8 of drinking this smoothie and not only do I feel lighter and energized, my hives have slowly disappeared, with one or two bumps in total! Oliver has not suffered any side affects, like gassiness or pink poop, but with any food, be wary of how your baby reacts to the ingredients. Not all infants react the same.
Strawberry-Banana Beet Smoothie
For best results, drink in the morning before having breakfast. Makes 1 serving.
1 Raw beet or half, depending on size (Don’t throw away the greens, these are actually the most nutrient-rich part of the plant and can be sauteed or used in a smoothie)
8 oz Plain almond milk (Dairy tends to make babies gassy)
1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal oats (Also boosts your milk supply!)
4-6 Cubes of ice
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend at least one minute or until completely smooth.