Post Partum Care
The four to six weeks post partum are considering in traditional Asian culture to be a time for mother and baby to rest, eat well and bond with each other. Sleep and nutrition are essential for the mother to recover her energy from the birth and build up her milk supply. Ideally the mother has supportive people around her in this time to help so that she can truly rest and be taken care of. In Asia this 4-6 weeks is called “Mother Roasting” and refers also the importance of mother and baby staying warm and in bed. Many Western women might find the idea of mostly staying in bed for a month not very appealing or practical, but if you can follow these principles as much as possible you will help yourself prevent the possibility of post-partum issues including low milk supply, post-partum depression, fatigue, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
There are specific post-partum acupuncture and herbal treatments aimed at helping mom recover optimally and then treat any issues she may be experiencing. These treatments are administered weekly for the 4-6 weeks following birth.
- Low milk supply
- Sleep disorders
- Birth PTSD
- Persistent Lochia
- Recovery from hemorrhage or blood loss