By Jessica Chen, L.Ac.
The birth of your child is a priceless
moment in your life. Your heart
is filled with an overwhelming,
unexplainable sensation of joy.
What now? Well, you can start
by taking care of yourself. To be
a better mom, you need first to
be a healthy mom so you can
survive the delicate period of
healing called postpartum.
Postpartum can last from the
first six weeks to one year after
giving birth. Recovery happens
differently depending on your age,
health and how you nurture yourself.
Your mind, body and spirit can be overwhelmed
due to the loss of vital fluids
and hormone shifts. During postpartum,
your own health is just as important as your
baby’s. If you do not take care of yourself, you
may encounter future problems like chronic
fatigue, insomnia, depression, body aches and
slow metabolism. When you focus on your
well-being, you will heal better, your mood will
stabilize and you will lose weight more easily.
HEALTHY ACTIONS DURING
THE FIRST MONTH POSTPARTUM:
- Ask for help and allow others to help you.
- Rest as much as possible.
- Remember to eat frequently!
- Avoid cold foods and beverages.
- Avoid eating junk foods, refined
sugar and fried, greasy foods.
- Keep your belly and lower
back covered and warm.
- Stay indoors and limit
visitors for the first month.
- Monitor your moods
and communicate with
- Drink plenty of water.
- Acupuncture treatments will
speed up your healing process,
stabilize your hormones and
moods, decrease water retention
and increase energy.
TOP SEVEN POSTPARTUM
FOODS TO EAT:
- Soups: veggie/bean soups, chicken, beef
- Whole grains: millet, quinoa, brown rice,
steel cut oats, amaranth
- Proteins: salmon, sardines, halibut, mackerel,
sea bass, chicken, beef, shrimp
- Beans: black, kidney, adzuki, garbanzo and navy
- Vegetables: broccoli, seaweed, asparagus, beets,
carrots, sweet potatoes/yams, tomatoes, and
dark leafy veggies like kale, spinach, chard
- Nuts: Almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts
- Fruits: berries, cherries, papaya, goji berries,
red (Chinese) or brown dates