Natural Health After Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages
Provides essential advice for adjusting to the many challenges facing women during the first year after giving birth.

• Offers practical tips for finding balance between being fully immersed in the beautiful but demanding path of motherhood and maintaining a sense of self.

• Provides helpful herbal tips and recipes and includes gentle yoga exercises.

• Addresses a new mother's need to replenish her body, mind, and spirit so that she can nurture her child.

• By the author of The Natural Pregnancy Book and Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide.

New mothers need care and support to adjust to the myriad challenges facing them after birth: changing body image, lifestyle, work arrangements, and relationships. Midwife, herbalist, and mother of four, Aviva Jill Romm shares her insights into how to make this crucial time a happy one. She provides essential advice for preparing for the postpartum period, coping during the first few days after the birth, establishing a successful breast-feeding relationship, getting enough rest, eating well even with a hectic schedule, and finding time to regain strength and tone with gentle yoga exercises. Woven throughout are helpful herbal tips and recipes to make the first year of motherhood a naturally healthy one.

Natural Health after Birth also addresses a new mother's need to replenish her body, mind, and spirit so that she can nurture her child. This book provides support both for women who plan to be home full or part time during the first year and those who must return to their jobs soon after the birth. With humor and compassion, Romm offers mothers practical wisdom for attaining the delicate balance between being fully immersed in the beautiful but demanding path of motherhood and maintaining a sense of self.
 

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This is an amazing book. Fantastic reference just like all of Romm's other books. People that feel intimidated might want to read some other basic natural health books first, but for those of us who are more versed in natural health (herbal preparations, etc.) this book is wonderful percisely because it is NOT a beginner book full of info we've already read. For those that felt she talked too much about the lack of support for post-partum women (one being a first time mom), I can say that after 3 pregnancies (soon to be 4), she is correct. Not necessarily with close family or your spouse but society at large praises women for "getting back on the saddle" as quickly as possible. I've even had inlaws balk at the fact that my husband was taking off ONE week after the birth of my 2nd, claiming "they/their wife never had to have help", etc. Romm brings attention to these issues and I applaud her for it. 100% recommended. 

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I found this to be the most helpful postpartum book available for new moms because it centers on care *for the mom*, which is more often than not a neglected value in our culture. She provides helpful recipes for healing, suggestions for integrating older siblings, supportive wisdom regarding the roles of friends, and spouses/partners. She also includes postpartum traditions from other cultures and encouraging words for the new mom. Highly recommend. 

Contents

The Birth of a Mother
5
POSTNATAL CARE
9
THE FOURTH TRIMESTER
11
SIGNS AND GUIDEPOSTS
12
HONORING OUR RANGE OF EMOTIONS
13
BEING A MOTHER IS SECOND NATURE ISNT IT?
15
REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
20
THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE REVISITED
21
The Next Six Weeks
129
MORE BODY CHANGES
130
WHERE DID EVERYBODY GO? OR YES YOU STILL NEED HELP AROUND THE HOUSE
131
REINVENTING YOURSELF AS A MOTHER
132
MORE BIRTH REFLECTIONS
134
CARING FOR YOUR BREASTS
137
HERBS AND BREAST FEEDING
140
THE MAGIC OF YOUR BABY
148

SACRIFICE AND EMPOWERMENT
22
DEVELOPING CONFIDENCE
24
MOTHERING ARCHETYPES
26
MODERN RITES OF PASSAGE FOR NEW MOTHERS
27
NewMother Care around the World
31
IMMEDIATELY AFTER BIRTH
33
A GLIMPSE AT TRADITIONS
36
LYINGIN
37
RITES OF PASSAGE
40
POSTPARTUM FAMILY SUPPORT
41
HEAT AND HEALING
43
MASSAGE
48
WRAPPING THE BELLY
52
HERBS
53
BATHING
54
NUTRITION
55
VISITORS
56
MEN AND POSTPARTUM CARE
57
BRINGING THE BEST TO THE WEST
58
Preparing for the Postpartum before Baby Is Born
59
LATEPREGNANCY HEALTH IS THE FOUNDATION FOR A HEALTHY BIRTH RECOVERY
60
THE NEEDS OF NEW MOTHERS
64
CREATING A SUPPORT CIRCLE
67
PLANNING AHEAD WITH FOOD
76
MATERNITY AND PATERNITY LEAVES
77
CREATING A POSTPARTUM SANCTUARY
78
DRAWING FROM A FULL WELL
79
The First Days after Birth
81
BONDING
83
PHYSICAL CHANGES IN THE DAYS AFTER BIRTH
86
THE SHAPE OF YOUR BODY
95
HEALING FROM A CESAREAN
96
YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
98
WHEN YOUR MILK COMES IN
99
BREASTFEEDING CHALLENGES IN THE FIRST DAYS
101
SORE NIPPLES
102
DIFFICULTY NURSING
104
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT IN THE DAYS AFTER BIRTH
106
IF YOU ARENT BREASTFEEDING
108
REFLECTING ON YOUR BIRTH
110
EMOTIONAL HIGHS AND LOWS
111
BODY TONICS
112
EXERCISE
114
YOUR HEALTHY NEWBORN
115
SIGNS OF ILLNESS IN THE NEWBORN
121
BABES IN NEED OF SPECIAL CARE
122
VISITORS VISITORS AND MORE VISITORS
123
NEW MAMA NUTRITION
124
THE PARTNER RELATIONSHIP
126
FUSSY BABIES
150
INFANT MASSAGE
152
COPING WITH SLEEP DEPRIVATION
153
SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS
154
MORE EXERCISES FOR LOVING YOUR POSTBIRTH BODY
155
BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS
156
WORKING AND BREAST FEEDING
158
BREAST PUMPS NURSING AND MAKING IT WORK
161
RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES AND TRIUMPHS
162
SEX IN THE WEEKS AFTER BIRTH
163
BABY BLUES
164
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
166
THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
174
Nutrition for New Mothers
175
LACTATION AND NUTRITION
176
PLANNING A HEALTHY DIET
179
Into the First Year
193
I FEEL LIKE I CANT GET ANYTHING DONE
195
YOUR BODY
197
MOTHERHOOD AND YOUR CAREER
202
TEETHING BABY SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
203
STILL NURSING
204
NEWMOTHER MOODS
206
PROLONGED POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
207
RELATIONSHIPS SEXUALITY FERTILITY AND BIRTH CONTROL
208
Replenishing Yourself Body Mind and Spirit
211
NEWMOTHER MEDITATIONS
212
NEWMOTHER CHECKLIST
213
CREATING TIME TO NURTURE YOURSELF
214
YOUR PELVIC FLOOR
216
FREEMOVEMENT DANCE
217
POSTNATAL YOGA
218
FABULOUS HEALING BATHS
222
SHOWER SPA
225
SIMPLE PLEASURES FOR YOUR HAIR AND BODY
226
CREATING A HOME SPA
230
QUIET TIME ALONE
231
EXPLORING YOUR CREATIVITY
232
KEEPING A JOURNAL
233
EMBRACE AND ENJOY YOUR BABY
234
Herbal Preparations
236
FORMS OF PREPARATION
237
Resources
244
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AND MAGAZINES
245
BOOKS HERBAL PRODUCTS AND MOTHERING SUPPLIES
246
Bibliography
248
Index
254
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Page 253 - Protecting, promoting and supporting breast-feeding: the special role of maternity services. A joint WHO/UNICEF statement. Geneva, World Health Organization, 1989.

About the author (2002)

Aviva Jill Romm is a certified professional midwife, practicing herbalist, and the president of the American Herbalists Guild. Her children are now ages 17, 14, 10, and 8. Her previous books include The Natural Pregnancy Book, Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide, and Naturally Healthy Babies and Children. She lives with her family in Georgia.

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