Postpartum period includes the six-week period after childbirth up to the mother’s postpartum checkup with her healthcare provider. This period is extremely crucial to recovery from delivery, and has great impact on her general health for the next 50 years.
The first month (some consider the entire three months) after birth is called the “Golden Month(s)” in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In many Asian countries, as well as in many other traditional cultures, following delivery new mothers are expected to rest, recover, and nurture and bond with their babies. Unfortunately here in the United States, the importance of postpartum care is rarely mentioned even amongst the medical providers. Often time, after childbirth the new mothers are sent home with a piece of paper outlining simple tips to help with recovery.
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes the Golden Month is a critical life period as it has the ability to eliminate past diseases and deficiencies in the mother and prepare the baby for life. Also the care that they both receive during this time will bear heavily on their future health, potentially creating new diseases.
What Acupuncture Can Do For Postpartum Support
Many women feel depleted after the birth experience. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help the transition of those first few months after birth to ensure a quick recovery. Postpartum care focuses on the physical, emotional and psychological recovery of the mother from the effects of pregnancy and labor, as well as encouraging breast feeding. Although she will be very busy, the new mother should be encouraged to get acupuncture treatment after delivery. The restoration of her own health is imperative for her own well-being and for her ability to be present for her newborn.
Here at 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine, we are proud to offer the first complete Postpartum Recovery Wellness Program here in the Pacific Northwest. We use workshops, acupuncture, herbal medicine, specialized natural supplements, and imported postpartum body re-contouring products to help new mothers (and babies of course!) to thrive during and after postpartum period.
Please call us at (425) 392-8881 and find out the details of this wonderful program. We encourage everyone who is interested to sign up for the program no later than the middle of their third trimester as there are important workshops to attend.