The 4th Trimester is a lovely, delicate, and trying time for a new mother. Baby learns how to live and thrive outside the safety of the womb, and mom tries to figure out how to care for baby and herself. Life takes on a whole new perspective.
We see images of instant love-at-first-sight when we watch television shows and movies featuring birth. Mom stares into baby’s face and cries, then swells with a love she never knew was possible. For some of you that’s how it will happen or how it did happen. For others of you it couldn’t be further from the truth.
The truth is what we are all about at Solstice Natural Health: Your Truth.
Whether your pregnancy was that of a glowing goddess, or you hated every second. Whether your labor and delivery were magical, smooth, lovely, or you have deep battle scars both physically and emotionally. Your Truth is valuable.
Your Truth about your pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period will be carried with you for the rest of your life. You deserve to have support to assimilate all of the changes that have happened in the last year (or more if you had fertility issues).
Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutrition can be key factors in helping you heal. They help you build energy, get out of pain, and increase your milk supply. They help you move forward so that you can be the best mom, partner, friend, colleague and woman that you can be.
How does acupuncture help in the postpartum period?
I treat a wide variety of postpartum issues, including:
- low milk supply
- C-section scar therapy
- night sweats
- postpartum depression and anxiety
- body pain
- menstrual issues
- birth trauma recovery
- autoimmune conditions.
This modality can help ease your tight muscles and regulate your hormones, but it can also help you reconcile any traumas you might have experienced and any grief you might feel. It can help boost your energy so that you can deal with all you have to do. Acupuncture can also be used to help boost milk production, and ease the flow of milk so that you are less prone to clogged ducts and mastitis.
Herbal medicine Use and Safety During the Postpartum Period
Custom prescribed Chinese herbs, when prescribed by a certified herbalist are incredibly safe, and they are helpful for increasing milk supply, treating postpartum mood disorders, and easing menstrual issues. The herbs that I prescribe for patients are based on formulas that have been safely used for thousands of years in breastfeeding moms. It is my promise that I only prescribe herbs that are proven safe for new moms, and that I will never prescribe anything to a nursing mother that I would not have taken myself while I was breastfeeding. Herbal medicine is often used in conjunction with acupuncture for a more complete system of medicine.
Eating the right foods is key for the health of both you and your baby, and I can help you find healthy, easy foods to keep your energy up while you are overwhelmed or exhausted. Nutrition can also be useful in improving milk supply, and can often be a key component of dealing with a baby who has colic.