5 Must-Have Natural Remedies for Postpartum Care
By Marillyn Beard - May 28, 2014
I am truly amazed at the body's ability to birth a tiny little baby. We mamas are amazing in the sense that we are able to push ourselves beyond the limits of how far we can go. Labor is hard work and physically exhausting, but so rewarding in the end! After all the hard work of giving birth, our bodies has an amazing ability to heal itself postpartum. After having 4 babies in the past 7 years, I have learned that preparing for the postpartum recovery is just as important, if not more, as preparing for the baby's arrival. Postpartum healing can be painful and challenging for any mama who is recovering from 9 months of being pregnant, birthing a baby, trying to build a nursing relationship with the newborn and dealing with hormonal changes that make you want to cry one minute and laugh the next. That is a lot to deal with all at once! Unfortunately, we live in a fast paced culture where we feel that we should hit the ground running as fast as possible, even after a huge life changing event like birthing a baby. It is vital to give yourself plenty of recovery time before trying to jump back into a somewhat normal routine with a newborn. Historically, women were encouraged to take a 4 to 8 weeks rest period where they were cared for by older women to properly recover from pregnancy and birth. After the birth, the mama's two main focus was to bond with the baby and allow her body to fully heal. Many times mamas were not expected to get out of bed during that time period! Meals prepared for the recovering mamas were extremely nourishing (think homemade chicken broth and liver!) to increase lactation and speed healing. Even today, many Asian and European cultures still practice caring for the mama this way! Sadly, the North American culture is seriously lacking in this area. What would life be like if we encouraged our American mamas to do the same by spending more time resting, healing and bonding with their babies? We would most likely see less frazzled mamas, lactation more established and a drop in postpartum depression. Many mamas, myself included, need the permission to take much needed time to rest and heal after the birth of a new baby. Even if we are not able to take the full rest period that cultures of old encourages... we can still move towards getting back to the way things should be. To help the process, these natural remedies can be combined in advance for great relief, quick healing and restoring the body after birth. These remedies would make a wonderful gift basket to encourage the expectant mother to take care of herself after birth!