Chinese Medicine-inspired tips for postpartum

Struggling with the realities of your fourth trimester, or know a Mom that is? Read on for insight from Wild Hearts acupuncturist and herbalist Britanie Kessler, LAc.

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When I treat new Moms, one thing is always true, new Moms need as much love and rest as the new babe. Postpartum arrives at different times and in different ways for each person. Women come to acupuncture for a variety of postpartum needs.

Here are some examples of reasons why Chinese Medicine can be helpful during this period:

The body goes through an incredible period of recovery after delivering a baby. Physical elements like pelvic pain, tender breasts, and fatigue are common occurrences. Acupuncture and herbal therapy can give the body an opportunity to rest, recover and build up the Qi and blood that was so generously shared with your newborn.

Breastfeeding is a whole new element of a Mom’s life. From getting the milk flowing to eventually getting help in stopping the flow, Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture points and herbal formulas to assist. There are many amazing remedies like milk thistle for stimulating lactation and cabbage leaves for lactation suppression, examples of what many natural healers will recommend.

With a new baby, there is so much bliss and happiness! There may also be  times with feelings of anxiety and depression. Having other Moms to talk to and share your experience with are some of the best ways to remind yourself that you are not alone in this. Using acupuncture as a way to balance the ever-changing hormones can also be helpful according to studies that show the effects acupuncture has on the endocrine system.

Along with these tips and ideas, sometimes you just need some help at home!

Our lovely friends at Bridgetown Baby offer amazing services to help support and guide you along the way. My patients tell me they are a life-saver and the best gift anyone can give a new family.  Check out their many services and offerings here.

As always, let us at Wild Hearts know if we can answer any questions or help in any way.

Britanie Kessler, LAc. is an acupuncturist and herbalist at Wild Hearts Wellness in NE Portland, OR. Click here to learn more about her or to book an appointment.