How can acupuncture help postpartum health
1. Promote relaxation and stress reduction
Being a new parent can cause a wired but tired state. Your nervous system is on high alert for the new baby. The lack of sleep and loss of sleep rhythm exacerbates the anxious, alert, and wired feeling. Acupuncture helps to calm the nervous system and allow for a sense of calm in the body and mind. This sense of calm can support women with the many demands of newfound parenthood. When a mom feels grounded, this creates less anxiety, stress and can reduce the risk of postpartum depression, which every every new mother needs!
2. Help heal and rejuvenate from the physical birthing process
Giving birth is a beautifully intense experience. Women use a large amount of qi and blood to create and birth a baby. In China, it was customary for women to take 30 days to rest and recover the qi and blood used during this time. This is far from customary in our culture.
We often see moms getting back to work with responsibilities after birth as fast as they can. Only to realize, that this prolongs the healing time after birth. By using acupuncture, and food therapy a women can be supported and nurtured back to balance after the journey of pregnancy and birth.
3. Help the body come back into balance
Each women has a unique Chinese medicine pattern. As License Acupuncturist, we are trained to look at the underlying patterns and root cause of symptoms that are manifesting, such as postpartum anxiety and depression. By creating a diagnosis unique to each patient, we are able to use specific Acupuncture points to lessen the root symptoms to allow the body to heal from birth and prepare for the new journey of parenthood.
4. Create a space and time for mom to heal
Being a mother is a powerful experience. The Love for a child is fierce and consuming. Aside from the physical and mental support, acupuncture creates a time and space for you to employ self-care. You will be in a room healing for 30-45 minutes. Enjoying total peace, comfort and safety. Taking care of yourself and restoring homeostasis in your body which are essential for your well-being.
Self-care is essential to a mother feeling supported and capable of the job of motherhood. Moms need to remember they will be better mothers when they take time for themselves and when they advocate for their own healing and recovery.
Postpartum acupuncture is such a powerfully beneficial treatment for a mother’s physical and emotional health after birth. Acupuncture after birth should be part of each mother’s postpartum plan!