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“The Fourth Trimester:” Alison’s Experience with Postpartum Care

After now having experienced the birthing process and postpartum recovery myself, I am certain of one thing: the “fourth trimester” is real, and not for the faint of heart! The mental and physical acrobatics of navigating this new world together is hard, as it wasn't just a baby that was born, it was also a parent. As I now begin to transition out of this postpartum phase, I feel less engulfed in the experience of adjusting to parenting, and more in the process of coming back into myself. Such an important process of motherhood (and also in the practice of acupuncture) is learning to care for yourself in order to care for others. I realize now that discussing the fourth trimester and all it brings...

Postpartum: What to Expect and Helpful Insights, Naturna, blog

Postpartum: What to Expect and Helpful Insights

The postpartum or postnatal period refers to the six weeks or so immediately following delivery. During this time, the mother's body reverses the physiological changes that occurred during pregnancy. Chinese medicine recognizes the postnatal period as a critical phase in the lives of both baby and mother. It takes several months for the mother’s endocrine system to return to its pre-pregnant state. This hormonal adjustment period may be lengthier in nursing mothers, as compared with non-nursing mothers. In Chinese culture, new mothers follow a tradition called zuo yue zi, which is roughly translated as “sitting the month.” According to this custom, a postpartum mother stays home for one month to recuperate while family members help take care of the baby, cook nutritious meals, and brew...

Woman Breastfeeding and Nursing child

“Top 20” Tips To Take Stress Out Of Breastfeeding

You've heard it before: breastfeeding is “personal” and “special”. Everyone has an opinion of how it should be done postpartum.  There is a laundry list of breastfeeding benefits. We all know them and want what is best for our baby. Realistically, we live in a modern world. There are many options for those who try as they might, have low milk supply. It isn’t fair that these women are made to feel like there is something “wrong” with them. It is well documented that as early as Ancient Egyptian times, there were women who did not have a good milk supply; in those cases, other women (wet nurses) breastfed those babies. This was the solution until the feeding bottle was introduced in the 19th century–this...