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  • Writer's pictureTraci Moren

Wholistic Postpartum Care

Welcoming a new member to your family is one of the most beautiful and exciting moments in life. It is essential to take good care of yourself during this time so that you can care for your baby. In this article, we will provide you with some helpful tips and advice for the postpartum period, including how to encourage healing, what to eat, and how to manage common postpartum issues.

Beast feeding new born baby wearing an orange beanie.

Let others take care of you during your postpartum time so that you can care for your baby.

Tips For Wholistic Postpartum Care

Tip #1 - Bring The Help To You

Schedule acupuncture home visits for these early days: we'll use acupuncture, moxibustion, herbs and body wrapping to encourage healing

Tip #2 - Bed Rest Is Key

Consider yourself on bedrest for two weeks following a vaginal birth, longer with an abdominal birth. That means staying in bed, only getting up to use the bathroom. Let someone else bring you food, answer the door, and wash the dishes. There will be plenty of time for walks with the baby later... right now, focus on being horizontal, sleeping, eating, drinking lots of water, breastfeeding and cuddling your amazing baby.

Tip #3 - Treating Perineal Tears

If you have any perineal tears or abrasions, apply soaked kombu (thick, slippery seaweed) to the affected area, or place it inside your labia. It's easier to cut into 1 inch × 2 inch strips after soaking in water. Avoid ice packs applied to the vulva - we want to keep cold out of your uterus!

Use sitz bath herbs diluted in a per bottle to spray yourself clean each time you use the bathroom. I like Herolore dried herbs or Motherlove tinctures.

Tip #4 - Staying Regular

Taking Natural Calm Magnesium Citrate can help to relax the muscles in the digestive tract, which promotes bowel movements. It also helps to draw water into the colon, which softens the stool and makes it easier to pass.

Tip #5 - Encourage Milk Supply

Drink herbal teas. Eat warm foods, such as pig trotter broth with ginger, chicken or beef broth, soups and stews. Avoid cold food like ice water, salads and ice cream.

In conclusion, taking care of yourself during the postpartum period is crucial for your health and your baby's. Utilizing the tips mentioned above, such as scheduling acupuncture home visits, practicing bed rest, using natural remedies for healing, and eating warm foods, can help you recover faster and ensure a smooth transition into motherhood. Remember to reach out for support if you need it, and take things one day at a time. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!

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three bowls of broth with medicinal herbs, roots and vegetables around them


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