PostPartum Care

Posture and alignment greatly affect the way we are able to engage muscles in our core.  Going through holistic dental treatment before pregnancy is a game changer for not only the health of the mother, but also the health of the child.  If you didn’t get an opportunity to do that before pregnancy, check out the Mutu System: https://mutusystem.com/program-duplicate-for-approval.  She focuses a lot on repairing diastasis recti.

 

Teas

  • Nourishment – Red raspberry leaf & yarrow (uterine tonic), alfalfa, nettle (calcium/magnesium), and peppermint, alfalfa & red clover (estrogen promoting), Oatstraw (nourishing), fennel seed & lemon balm & orange peel (carminative; aromatic), rose petals & lemon balm (lift spirits), hibiscus (vitamin C. flavorful, and aromatic), vitex (helps balance hormones), strawberry leaf, horsetail
  • Increase Milk SupplyRed Raspberry Leaf, Fennel Seed, Nettle Leaf, Fenugreek Seed, Dandelion Leaf & Blessed Thistle, Alfalfa, Oat Tops, Slipper Elm, Marshmallow root, Catnip Leaf, Chamomile *Avoid Sage (which could decreases lactation)

 

Reduce Swelling

Mothers on the GUH Facebook page recommend homeopathic arnica tablets.  It was suggested during labor as well to help decrease the chance of swelling after delivery, and about 12 hours after delivery.  these might work, or Hyland’s brand too.

 

Baths

add 1 cup of herbs to 2 quarts of boiling water. Remove water from heat and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain and add to a bath with Epsom salts

  • Comfrey Leaf
  • Lavender Flowers
  • Plantain Leaf
  • Red Raspberry Leaf
  • Yarrow Flower
  • Calendula Flowers
  • Shepherd’s Purse
  • Uva Ursi Leaf

 

Nipple Cream

protect the nipple from damage, but it also soothes and helps heal the skin if any cracking or blistering occur.

Natural Nipple Cream from http://just-making-noise.com/diy-natural-nipple-cream-recipe/

Scoop herbs into a glass canning jar and pour oil on top. Make sure there is at least one inch gap between the mixture and top of the jar. Screw lid on tightly.

Set out a medium size slow cooker and line the bottom with a thick hand towel. Place the jar inside and fill the slow cooker with water up to the level of the oil in the jar, but keep the water level below the lid.

Turn the slow cooker on the “warm” setting and leave it on for 3 to 5 days, partially covered. Add more water into the cooker when necessary.

After 3 to 5 days, remove the oil infusion from the cooker and let it cool a little. Strain the oil through a fine sieve and/or cheesecloth into a small stainless steel sauce pan. Squeeze with your hands or use the back of a spoon to release the finished oil. Throw the used herbs away.

Add beeswax and shea butter into the sauce pan and turn heat on low. Stir until wax and butter has melted. Pour the mixture into 4oz glass jars or 4oz tin cans. Allow them to cool completely before putting the lids on. Date and label the nipple cream. Keep them in a cool, dry and dark spot. Will keep for several months.

With the recipe above, you should be able to fill three or four 4oz tin cans or jars pretty easily. You will most likely only need one for yourself