A mother enters the postpartum period directly after giving birth and is in this stage for 6-8 weeks. Along with the strains of having a newborn, the mother goes through many physical and emotional changes herself, and her health during this stage is often neglected. It is essential that during this time the mother receives as much postnatal support as possible for the easiest recovery so that she can positively care for her child. Along with rest, proper nutrition, gynecological care, and mental health, other complaints listed below may be experienced and are effectively remediable.
- Postnatal bleeding (persistent uterine bleeding)
- Insufficient lactation and termination of lactation
- Postpartum depression
- Hair loss
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Postnatal Care
High-quality postnatal care is crucial for maximizing maternal and newborn health. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine pair exceedingly well with midwifery care and compliment the work and suggestions of any GP. Acupuncture and herbal formulas are frequently combined in treating many postnatal conditions. Being a holistic therapy, TCM provides a comfortable environment for relaxation and healing. By calming the nervous system, the mind and body encourage stress reduction to promote healing of tissues, move circulation, improves the quality of rest, pain relief, and elevate energy levels. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are also useful to reduce the risk of postpartum depression by maintaining a positive mindset for mom to properly care for her family.