As you adjust to this new chapter in your life, it’s vitally important that you have the appropriate support and care to ensure the fastest and most complete recovery. Your body has just undergone one of the biggest changes it could ever experience. Childbirth’s effect on the mother’s body is on the order of puberty or menstruation in the sheer number of changes it effects. Calming, non-invasive techniques like acupuncture can help to safely mitigate the negative results of this period while enhancing the positive.
The importance of reducing stress
In the days and weeks immediately after birth, it can be difficult for mothers to leave the home for extended periods of time. For those first thirty days – sometimes termed the Golden Month – it’s vital that women eat a nutritious and medically-informed diet and spend as much time with their child as possible. When you are ready to leave the home, acupuncture can provide a number of benefits to new mothers.
The first and arguably most important is stress reduction. Biological changes and disruptions to lifestyle and sleeping pattern leave many new mums anxious and often distressed. Acupuncture is a great way to take the edge off these feelings of nervousness and leave you feeling recharged and renewed for the challenges of early motherhood.
As your hormones settle down, you’ll potentially experience low energy, mood swings and difficulty sleeping. The effects will differ from person to person, but many mothers have found acupuncture to be a welcome aid for dealing with psychological and emotional changes immediately after childbirth.
Recovering after surgical intervention
If you’ve given birth by caesarean, it’s doubly important that you take it easy in the weeks after delivery. Your body will be especially tender as it recovers from both the surgery itself and the pregnancy. Many mothers experience pain and discomfort after the surgical procedure.
Abdominal and back pain can be present for months after a caesarean, in addition to the expected pain in and directly around the wound. Acupuncture can help to relieve this pain the same as any other. Your acupuncturist will help you create a special postpartum regimen that’ll aim to help minimise the pain you feel after surgical intervention.
Especially important for women intent on breast-feeding, acupuncture involves no analgesic drugs or invasive procedures, so the chance of adverse effects on the new baby are nil. While the efficacy of the treatment in regards to pain relief may differ from mother to mother, the risk-free nature of acupuncture means it should be considered by all women undergoing a caesarean or natural birth.
Whether you’re intent on a natural vaginal birth or are considering an epidural-assisted caesarean, acupuncture can be a valuable tool in the new mother’s belt in the months after childbirth. For more information on postpartum treatments, get in contact with the experts at My Acupuncture today. We are happy to discuss your options with you free of charge.