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Acupuncture for Postpartum Healing

By Vikki Nestico

Acupuncture for Postpartum Healing

Our passion for supportive care doesn’t end with the birth of your child! Those next few months are key for a beautiful, long, and healthy life!

The postpartum period is a time for rest and recovery, and while so much focus is given to the newest little member of your family, support for you is key! Some cultures traditionally refer to this time as the “Golden Month,” or the 40 days after birth, where you “sit in” and rest inside your home, are fed nutritious meals, bond with your child, and are ultimately taken care of 24-7 by family. It’s a time to honor the profound physical and emotional changes that have just happened to you. In Chinese medicine it is said that during this time the universe gifts you with the opportunity to rebuild your blood and energy for a full recovery and to improve your future health. In other words, planning ahead for good self-care in your fourth trimester not only supports postpartum recovery but also your future menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancies, menopause, and honestly… your ability to age gracefully.

Acupuncture is a gentle way to receive this gift from the universe. Modern research shows acupuncture to be a natural and effective way to help your body find emotional balance, nourish blood, support milk production, heal and rebuild strength after giving birth. At Grand Wellness, our restful treatments help new mothers feel grounded and supported physically and emotionally.

Acupuncture can help with many postpartum symptoms including:

Pain Relief: 

Acupuncture speeds up healing and alleviates postpartum pain, such as: 

  1. Back pain
  2. Abdominal cramping & pain
  3. Pelvic pain
  4. C-section post-operative healing
  5. Prolonged bleeding
  6. Vaginal pain and healing

 

Hormonal Balance: 

After birth the sudden drop in estrogen and progesterone can be intense, leading to a variety of physical and emotional symptoms like: 

  1. Night sweats
  2. Hot flashes
  3. Mood swings
  4. Vaginal dryness and discomfort

 

Breastfeeding Issues:

Acupuncture can help remove blockages by increasing circulation to the breast to help: 

  1. Insufficient lactation 
  2. Mastitis 

 

Mood and Energy support:

Acupuncture calms the heart and balances emotional issues that can happen with the fluctuations of hormones, including: 

  1. Stress
  2. Insomnia
  3. Fatigue
  4. Worry
  5. Anxiety
  6. Postpartum depression
  7. Grief or fear 
  8. Immune system boosting

 

Digestive: 

Acupuncture increases energy and regulates the nervous system to help: 

  1. Poor digestion
  2. Constipation
  3. Hemorrhoids

 

Additional postpartum tools we offer at Grand Wellness:

Mother Warming: This is a traditional moxibustion treatment that’s given within the first 7-10 days after birth. During this acupuncture session, herbs are used to warm your abdomen and low back to aid in breast milk supply, increasing energy and healing.

Eastern Nutrition: Learn about how food’s energetic properties, like temperature, taste and color, and how these aspects balance the Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang in our body to increase nourishment for reproduction.

Herbal Therapy: Herbal formulas and soups have been used postpartum for centuries to stimulate blood flow for uterine recovery as well as nourishing the mother to support milk production, energy and emotional ease.

Postnatal Massage: Rhythmic pressure stimulates nerve receptors to dilate vessels and physically move blood through congested regions of the body, a great way to calm the nervous system and allow the body to function with ease. 

 

Research:

Follow this link to read how acupuncture can help with the postpartum symptoms mentioned above.

 

Scheduling Appointments:

Treatments begin within the first 7-14 days and are recommended once a week for 4 weeks.

Taking part in the Golden Month? Set up your appointments 40 days after giving birth or when you feel like you need additional assistance during this healing journey.

How To Care For Yourself If You Can’t “Sit In”?

You may not have the support to “sit in,” but you can still receive these gifts from the universe by slowing down, gently entering the journey of bonding, eating nutritious food and adding acupuncture.

Find Acupuncture Near Me for Postpartum Healing!

If you are in Grand Rapids or West Michigan we are here for you. However, if you’re located outside our area and looking for a great acupuncturist, the Acupuncture and TCM Board of Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) is the ideal resource for specialty trained acupuncturist in the field of reproductive medicine.

If you don’t have an ABORM fellow in your area, the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is another great resource for highly trained acupuncturists. Find providers we trust here.

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