I wish I could say I took care of myself properly during the postpartum period, but I didn't. At least not the way I would have liked to. My daughter is 18 months old and I still feel in some ways I am recovering from childbirth.
While some women have heard of the benefits of acupuncture to prepare for pregnancy and during pregnancy, I wanted to share some awesome ways acupuncture can help you recover after childbirth.
Giving birth is a big deal. Medicated or non medicated your entire body just gave way to another human! In the days after birth your muscles are sore and healing. Acupuncture can help alleviate muscle tension and pain.
It is common to experience constipation after child birth. A study involving people with chronic and frequent constipation revealed after an eight week course of treatment participants an increase in bowel movements each week.
During an acupuncture session people tend to drift off to sleep or experience a deep sense of relaxation. After the treatment its common to leave rested and energized. All mothers can agree that after childbirth a little rest goes a long way.
Stress, Anxiety, & Depression
In a 2013 article in the Journal of Endocrinology, a study showed acupuncture treatments regulated hormone levels responsible for the fight or flight response. Often times new patients are nervous about the thought of the needles. But after an initial session patients quickly come to look forward to the relaxation, calm, and relief of an acupuncture session.
The experience of a sudden or gradual dip in your milk supply can be stressful. Acupuncture and acupressure can help to stimulate milk volume in mothers who breastfeed. Several studies have shown specific acupuncture points stimulated increased milk supply.
If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture can assist in your postpartum recovery schedule a free consultation!