Seattle Acupuncture-Post Pregnancy Recovery

The process of being pregnant and giving birth can be magical and extraordinarily tough on the body. It is common practice in most western countries for a woman to try and return to her pre pregnancy figure as soon as possible. If anything, the faster a woman returns to her slim figure, the more praise and respect she seems to receive. However, in reality, the body needs 6 months to 1 year to fully recover. This is why it is vital, for long-term sustainable health, to have a proper post pregnancy recovery plan.

Rest– the most important thing for proper recovery is to sleep and rest. Depending on the amount of time spent during labor a woman can burn an incredible amount of calories, which leaves the body in desperate need of repair. Of course having a
newborn is not always conducive for sleeping, however, resting whenever it is possible will help the body heal the fastest. Don’t be in a hurry to start moving so soon after pregnancy, take the time your body needs to regain your energy (1-2 weeks in bed).

Healthy Food– along with sleeping, the body
also needs to be replenished with good food and nutrients. Women spend 9 months siphoning parts of the nutrient supply to their baby on top of the calories it takes to go through labor. Replacing these supplies is a crucial part of recovery. Choosing the foods that contain the most nutrients possible is a great strategy. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and meat.

Stay Warm– a women’s body is extremely vulnerable and open during labor. The uterus takes between 6-8 weeks to return to its normal size. During this time, a woman is incredibly susceptible to the external environment and losing energy from her body. This is why it is important to drink and eat warm beverages and food during recovery and to keep this area protected. This will help support the body in its attempt to recalibrate the internal temperature. Also, heat contains more energy than cold, so the body can use this excess energy to heal faster.
Take Vitamins and/or Herbs- in addition to eating a well balanced diet, taking vitamins or drinking herbal tonics will help the body receive the nutrients it needs to heal. Seeing a nutritionist or a Chinese herbalist who specializes in post pregnancy support is encouraged.

Mellow Movement– Movement is an important part of recovery, although only if it’s minor. Exercising too soon after giving birth, might give you a great body but it will hurt your long-term health. Instead, doing things like short walks or other minor movement will help your circulation which in turn will help your the body heal.

Alternative Medicine Treatments– seeing an acupuncturist, massage therapist and a chiropractor is strongly encouraged once you have had a chance to heal for a few weeks. These modalities help support the body to heal and each one offers great suggestions for healing.

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I have seen Ben for 4 months now, and acupuncture (with Chinese herbs) has become a regular routine for my health. "

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