Traditional postpartum recovery beliefs centers around the notion that after birth a woman’s body is depleted of all its energy and therefore the mother must have complete rest and change her diet to restore its vitality. The postpartum products are always all natural and vary but overall the following are just a few of the healing properties: stimulates blood circulation and the metabolism to remove toxins, promotes loss of water retention and flatulence, and helps to rid blot clots from the uterus. The natural ingredients have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which help to reduce overall body swelling as well as vaginal swelling which causes contracting of the genital tissues resulting in faster healing helping the womb, cervix and vaginal area to reduce in size to its non-pregnant size.
A postpartum tummy wrap is used with topical products that stimulate blood flow to the abdominal area and strengthens and firms the stomach muscles. A postpartum tummy wrap which is worn under loose clothing realigns the spine and supports the internal organs and pelvic floor. It also supports the flabby stomach reducing the risk of stretch marks. However you must be very cautious when deciding which stomach wrap to purchase because the many shape-ware garments or belly wraps out in the market making postpartum claims could do more harm than good to your recovering body. The best size wrap to purchase is one that supports your body from under the breast to just below the ocks and is made of fabric that doesn’t stretch so you have a nice snug, supportive fit. . (A Belly Good Wrap, by Dr. Nor, OBGYN)
I can tell you from seeing results first hand when the products are used together the results are nothing short of astonishing how quickly women recover from child birth and if they haven’t gained huge amounts of weight their pre-pregnancy figure is also recovered. The most effective time to start using such products is from the day you deliver.
Cultural beliefs surrounding postpartum recovery are well and truly entrenched in many countries around the world and vary greatly. Many cultures recognize that the postpartum recuperation period begins on the day of child birth (considered as Day 1). Recuperation periods are as short as 22 days extending up to 100 days with the average time period of 40 days. Special postpartum precautions are taken for a mother’s diet, hygiene and activities, not to mention the wonderful products and services that are provided to the mother.
There is recognition of the intense and fast internal transition of a women’s body back to a non-pregnant state during that period as the sudden drop in the level of hormones occurs when the placenta is expelled. Intense healing occurs for three weeks and then slows down. During this time a mother is in a vulnerable and weakened state (even if she doesn’t realize it) and if she doesn’t take special care of herself during this period the odds of postpartum complications are high, physically and emotionally, as well as poor health much later in life. For example there is a real risk to diabetes, within 1 – 2 years if the stomach fat is not lost. Heart disease is also an increased threat as excess stomach fat is the worst type of fat to carry because it’s near the heart.
The common thread for such postpartum beliefs is that the mother needs special care, products, food, and services to help her recover from such a significant body altering experience. Her body needs much rest to be re-energized. Caring for a mother during her postpartum recovery only ensures that she is in the right state of mind to take care of the demands of her new baby.
What is happening in America is the recognition by corporate America and the government of the social problems that are arising during the 12 week postpartum Maternity Leave period as mother’s transition back to their “normal” lives, which is never again normal with the addition of a new child or successive children.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield (that supplies over 98 million Americans with insurance) Anthem, Missouri branch introduced New Born and Parenting Resources in January 2010. This new service is designed to help new mothers adjust to their newborn baby and return to work after maternity leave. New mothers have 8 weeks of counseling by licensed professional coaches who have advanced degrees in counseling and/or child development. The coaches provide support and help mothers set goals, address concerns and identify resolutions on topics including: returning to work, adjusting to a new baby, work/life balance, issues with older siblings, health and nutrition, child development and parent well-being. The coaches are available via e-mail, instant message chat, online journal and telephone.
So as you can see there is certainly a growing recognition that mothers aren’t coping well with modern day pressures of life, don’t have the needed family support and thus aren’t recovering well during the postpartum period. This is resulting in increasing statistics of women experiencing extended Maternity Blues and Postpartum Depression, 80% and 20% respectively which is very high comparably.
However since our culture doesn’t have the family support like years ago, women must take their postpartum recovery into their own hands and manage it. Make sure you get a hold of natural products that specifically helps your body with its recovery from pregnancy and child birth before you give birth. Have them ready to use on Day 1, or the day you give birth. Do your research on the products and traditions of other countries and incorporate traditions that are appealing to you and your life. Make a plan, arrange for istance with cleaning, meals, and the baby so you can rest. Don’t be under the illusion that your body doesn’t need help with its recovery. Just like putting antiseptic and a band aid on a cut allows it to heal faster, better and stronger so would your body heal with the correct postpartum recovery products and a temporary change in diet, hygiene and activities.
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