Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Holistic Healing For Moms After Childbirth

Childbirth is like a marathon. Women need to take it easy after they've given birth for optimal healing. As a holistic doula in Montreal, I find that the following tips provide the fastest healing for women in their postpartum period. 

  • 7-10 days of Sitz Baths with healing herbs (check out this website for ingredients as well as how to do it)
  • Stay in or around your bed for at least 2 weeks - and for much longer if you've had a c-section (6 weeks). 
  • Take it easy with household chores. Let your partner or family member do it. Your main concern right now is resting and feeding and caring for your baby. Try not to do anything for at least a few weeks. 
  • Limit your visitors for the first few weeks to family and close friends, and don't be afraid to ask guests to leave if you are feeling tired. 
  • Sleep when your baby is sleeping. You probably won't be getting a full night sleep for a long time, but if you sleep when your baby is sleeping, then you will feel much more rested. 
  • Have your baby in a bed close to yours, or consider co-sleeping. When your baby is hungry in the middle of the night, you will hear his/her cues right away and be able to feed easily and go back to sleep. If you wait until your baby is crying to feed him/her, then you will have a much more difficult time getting yourself and your baby to sleep. There are many studies out there that conclude that women who sleep near their baby feel more rested. 
  • Drink nutrient dense herbal tea 2-3 times per day. Pregnancy Tea is great during pregnancy and after you've given birth. Mother's Milk Tea is another good one.  
  • Drink a pregnancy smoothie every day. 
  • Eat a well balanced diet with enough fat and protein. I really like Weston Price, and their suggested diet for pregnant or nursing women. You can find that diet here
  • Consider hiring a postpartum doula who will take care of your household chores and care for your baby while allowing you to get some rest. PP doulas also prepare healthy meals and take care of whatever you need. They are amazing with babies and very helpful!
  • And finally, consider consuming your placenta. I know, that sounds really crazy. But, a lot of women who have done this report higher levels of energy and faster recovery periods after they've given birth. Additionally, it helps with milk supply, as well as decreases postpartum bleeding. There are doulas and other birth support personnel who offer placenta encapsulation services. If you want to know more about it, you can read here

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