pregnancy books: general guides, week-by-week or even day-by-day books, books geared towards "natural" mamas, books that appeal to "cool" mamas, books for dads, books that tell you what to expect if you're a beginner or going for a VBAC,books that tell you what to eat.
What you won't find are books that deal with the postpartum period.
Well, there will be plenty of books related to your baby during that period: breastfeeding, baby sleep, doctor's visits and vaccines, milestones, natural remedies, raising boys or raising girls, how to soothe your babies and what to do with them.
What's missing are books related to you during those first few postpartum months.
just think about everything your body has been through in the past ten
months. You've grown not only an entire human being, but also a brand
new organ (your placenta) and an expanded blood supply. You've gained
weight. You might have been through hours of intense labor. You might
have a tear in your bottom area after pushing that baby out, or you
might be recovering from major abdominal surgery.
Surely, you deserve to focus on yourself for a bit, too.
So pick up a copy of Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth, and start learning about the steps you can take to take care of yourself!
is a naturopathic doctor who truly knows what she's talking about. In
particular, she has an extensive knowledge of how pregnancy can affect a
woman's thyroid and adrenals, which is a subject that many care
providers sadly know little about. She uses her knowledge about the
topic to educate readers, providing information about both hyper- and
hypothyroidism, as well as adrenal dysfunction. She talks about
treatment options and provides effective--and safe--natural remedies to
help women take control of their own health.
Dr. Brighten provides
similar information on a whole host of postpartum topics. Breastfeeding
mamas will appreciate ideas for natural ways for soothing hurting
breasts, remedies for thrush, and recipes for making your own lactation
tea. Mamas who gave birth vaginally will surely find comfort in an
herbal sitz bath and appreciate knowing what supplements they can take
to help ease postpartum discomfort. C-section mamas will be thankful for
her recipe for an herbal wash to help keep infection away.
are ideas for dealing with common postpartum complaints: constipation,
"baby blues" (and information about how to distinguish between simple
blues and actual depression), low energy, vaginal dryness, stress, and
more. There are recipes for all kinds of teas, soups, and smoothies, and
even body scrubs for self-care and delicious cookies. There supplements
that will help with all manner of healing. There is information on
postpartum nutrition, including how to support yourself through
The information in Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth
will make a tremendous difference in the postpartum experience of any
new mama, and as such is highly recommended for both expecting mamas as
well as those who have recently given birth. Midwives, doulas, lactation
consultants, and anyone else who works with pregnant women will find
great value in this book as well.
New mamas deserve to know how to
take care of themselves while they heal from birth and adapt to new
parenthood. This book helps fulfill that need. So do yourself--or your
partner, or your clients--a favor and dive right in.
received a copy of this book as a gift from the author, although not
with any expectation of a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions
expressed within are completely my own.