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Postpartum Therapies

 

Acupuncture

 

Acupuncture can help expedite the postpartum recovery process by addressing common postpartum issues, including fatigue, hemorrhoids, excessive blood loss, postpartum depression, mastitis, and insufficient lactation. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy channels run throughout your body to nourish your tissues. If there is an obstruction within the energy channels, it can obstruct proper Qi flow.

Ailments Triggered by Pregnancy and Delivery

Postpartum Thyroiditis

Postpartum thyroiditis is an inflammation of the thyroid gland that arises within the first year after childbirth and affects approximately 7% of women. There are numerous symptoms that appear during both the hyperthyroid and hypothyroid phases of postpartum thyroiditis, including fatigue, goiter, mood swings, hair loss, depression, and substantially decreased milk volume in women nursing.

Changes in Our Bodies

Abdominal Tone

Right after delivery, since your abdominal tissues have been stretched immensely, your belly may appear very loose. Your uterine ligaments and abdomen have been stretched significantly during pregnancy and need time to recover. The loose skin should lessen over time and you may recover your abdominal tone in approximately 2 to 3 months.

 

Solutions:

 

For centuries, women in Asia and other countries throughout the world have been wrapping their postpartum bellies with a belly wrap as a natural postpartum recovery method. Many believe that constant pressure against the abdomen during recovery aids in reducing the size of your swollen uterus, tightens loose skin, and helps restore abdominal tone. It also gives additional support to your legs and back while providing support for your postpartum belly. For women who are recovering from a C-section, wearing a belly wrap accelerates the recovery process by increasing blood circulation around your scar and supporting your abdominal tissues.

 

Vaginal Pain and Bleeding

Typically you will bleed up to 4 to 6 weeks post childbirth. Discharge of blood is mainly blood left from the uterine lining from your pregnancy. Your vagina may also feel stretched and tender after a vaginal delivery. Sometimes women tend to bleed more heavily after a C-section. If you had a C-section you are more at risk for anemia and Qi and blood deficiency because you also lose blood during surgery.

Emotional Well-Being

Feeling Anxious

The first few days and weeks after childbirth may invite a whole variety of emotions that you have never experienced before. Feeling especially anxious during this time is very common. Your baby appears so small and delicate that you are afraid you are doing something wrong. You may feel anxious that you are not going by the book and that you are doing everything incorrectly.

Prevention is Key

It is essential to take care of your health during the postpartum period. By consuming nutritious warm food and getting adequate rest you will ensure that your body will have enough energy stores to fight off common postpartum ailments. By following the nutrition and lifestyle guidelines, you will feel more replenished, nourished, and happy during your postpartum recovery period. This will allow you to be a better mom because you are healthy and well nurtured. Remember to abide by the Traditional Chinese principles of incorporating warm and nutritious food and adequate rest for 30 days.

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