My wife was advised to drink lots of bird nest soup during her pregnancy. She barely got started and baby Ryan came prematurely. Apparently, drinking bird nest soup especially during the final three months will help to develop the baby's smooth skin. Any experienced mothers out there who are able to confirm this?
Anyway, my wife started with boiling the bird nest with rock sugar on a daily basis. It is pretty easy to boil especially with the slow cooker. She would put them into the slow cooker the night before and it would be ready for her the following morning.
However, during the third trimester, she developed a nasty cough and her sinus were really bad. We were recommended by a medical hall not to use rock sugar for fear of aggravating the cough. Instead, we were told to boil with cordyceps and `mud cho' (a kind of sweet dried dates). We would first have to boil the cordyceps and dates for about an hour before adding in the bird nest and boil for another 2 hours.
Does it help? I am not sure because we hardly got started and Ryan decided to arrive early. You might want to try it out and let us know instead.