Postpartum Care (产褥) ❤️

Updated: Mar 24


In TCM, after delivering the baby, many women experience two states of imbalance.

  1. a deficiency of blood and yin

  2. blood stagnation

The best way to be prepared for the next child and also have healthy middle-aged or women's health is by taking care of yourself after giving birth.


With the intense physical demands of pregnancy and childbirth, many women experience difficulty in their recovery. It is a long process, but with the right care, it can be achieved.


Recovery

Uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size - The uterus can grew up to 500 times as large at the end of pregnancy and reached 1,000g immediately after childbirth but then recovered back down below 60g within 4-6 weeks. A smooth reduction process can make the mother's body lighter so she can go back to normal life again.


Nutrition, energy, and blood recovery

The return program aims to provide enough nutrition to fit the mother's body, facilitate blood circulation, and restore the body.


After uterine function and blood circulation recovery, we start a weight management program. Postpartum weight requires more active and systematic treatment because it is necessary to control both qi and blood flow together.


Lochia & Extravasated blood Emission

The uterus is where the child lived for 10 months. Our TCM Herbs help to discharge lochia (body waste)remaining in it after childbirth and extravasated blood caused by rapid physical changes safely.


If lochia lasts too long for more than three weeks, TCM calls it Lochiorrhea (恶露不绝), and if lochia remains in the uterus not able to excrete, it is called Lochiostasis (恶露不下) both cases are needed treatment.


Pelvis Ligaments & Joint Care

If you don't go through an adequate recovery process after childbirth, pelvic pain and soreness will appear everywhere. Careful treatment is needed to prevent postpartum wind(产后风).


The postpartum wind caused by poor postpartum care can cause high fever and chills due to bacterial infection and inflammation of wounds in the body in a state of low body resistance. In addition, in the process of recovering bone joints and muscles that have been increased due to childbirth, excessive use of body parts can lead to symptoms such as numbness, numbness, and pain in joints and bones.


Treatment

Mothers deserve the best, which is why we've created customized treatment plans for each mother's constitution and health condition. Our goal is to help you live a healthy life.


Herbal Decoctions “Generating and transforming”

Our special herbal decoctions are designed to help new mothers get rid of lochia, old blood and generate more fresh blood. With our unique blend, we ensure that the uterus is clean, warm, and healthy after birth. This will have a positive impact on breast milk production as well prevent postpartum depression or any other complications related to the next pregnancy.

Acupuncture (4 sessions)

We suggest to postpartum patients to receive at least one session per week of acupuncture treatment to help with physical healing and emotional well-being. The process will also promote the mother's milk supply as well as move blood through her body more effectively so that she can get back into shape quickly after giving birth




Massage Therapy (4 sessions)

Postpartum massages are a great way to help with post-delivery healing. These full-body massages occur within the first 4 weeks after you give birth and should be done every week for best results!


Benefits of massage therapy: reduced swelling, improved milk production, hormone regulation, reduced anxiety and depression, and better sleep.



Q&A

1. Is there any chance to gain weight if you take herbal medicine after childbirth?

When you conceive and give birth to a child, you experience a lot of physical exhaustion and loss of blood. The herbal medicine you take after childbirth fills this part and helps you recover quickly. The prescription of herbal medicine varies depending on the timing of taking herbal medicine after childbirth and the mother's physical condition, and herbal medicine generally prescribed after childbirth helps uterine contraction and waste discharge.


2. Can I take herbal medicine while breastfeeding?

There is a barrier through which breast milk passes when breast milk is made in the mammary gland and then moved to the baby. This barrier is very difficult for water-soluble ingredients to pass through. And TCM doctors/practitioners also use medicinal herbs that do not affect children, so you can take them with confidence


3. What foods should I avoid after childbirth?

First of all, avoid stimulating foods. Spicy and salty foods are not good for mothers who are physically weak and have not yet lost their swelling. The food eaten by the mother changes the taste and ingredients of breast milk, so it is recommended to avoid it. Children may refuse sweet and cold foods. Raw vegetables, cold pork, beer, flour, and summer fruits can have a bad effect on the mother's recovery. You should also avoid foods containing caffeine. Caffeine is contained in coffee, green tea, black tea, chocolate, coke, etc. Eating caffeine may prevent breastfeeding babies from sleeping well.


4. When can I start taking herbal medicine?

It is recommended that you take herbal medicine as soon as normal meals are available after childbirth. The target point of treatment will be varies depending on the timing and patient's condition, and at any point, you can get help through herbal medicine.


5. Since giving birth to a child, I have been sick and anxious for no reason, and I am not able to sleep as well. Will my condition be considered postpartum depression?

Physical symptoms caused by changes in the body during pregnancy and childbirth are also a big problem, but another big problem is depression. Postpartum syndrome is not a disease that can be quantitatively diagnosed with modern medicine. There are many cases where it does not appear clearly through general medical examinations or tests. Most people around mothers cannot even guess how much they are sick and the difficulties they have. so postpartum care is essential to take care of the mother's mental health.


6. After childbirth, I didn't feel anything, but after about three months, I feel anxious and cried at every little thing. Is there a case where postpartum depression suddenly appears over time?

Postpartum depression occurs in about 10 percent of mothers. In most cases, postpartum depression symptoms complain of mental stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, and depression within a month of childbirth, but depression may be reported several months later due to environmental changes or other effects.


7. Can I start working out for weight loss while breastfeeding?

If you're planning a weight loss through exercise, this is also the time to recover your stretched joints and ligaments, so light exercise such as walking or stretching is good. Excessive exercise can rather cause postpartum wind. After three months, it is recommended to increase your exercise intensity little by little according to your body's recovery condition. For mothers who have difficulty losing weight naturally by period, we can help with herbal medicine and acupuncture. Light exercise that does not strain the body, herbal medicine prescribed by consulting with experts, and proper rest and food intake are essential conditions for proper postpartum care.


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