Salud Natural despues del Parto: La Guia Completa para una Buena Salud Postparto

Overview

Essential advice for adjusting to challenges facing women during the first year after giving birth

• Includes herbal tips, recipes, and gentle yoga exercises

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

Midwife, herbalist, and mother of four, Aviva Jill Romm shares her insights into how to make the transition to motherhood a smooth and happy one. She provides essential advice for preparing for the postpartum period ...

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Overview

Essential advice for adjusting to challenges facing women during the first year after giving birth

• Includes herbal tips, recipes, and gentle yoga exercises

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

Midwife, herbalist, and mother of four, Aviva Jill Romm shares her insights into how to make the transition to motherhood a smooth and happy one. She provides essential advice for preparing for the postpartum period before the baby arrives, 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. The book provides support both for women who plan to be home full or part time during the first year and for those who must return to their jobs soon after the birth.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Destined to have widespread appeal for its compassionate and wise advice. Thank you, Aviva, for so much vital information in one volume."

"Finally, a book that addresses an aspect of birthing that has been forgotten in the western world. This book should make a valuable contribution not only to women, but to the whole family."

"Thirty years ago, when I had my babies, we were rediscovering natural birth and breast-feeding. But, we struggled alone during postpartum. If I had been able to read Aviva's book then, I would have cried less. Every new mother should have a copy of this book."

"This is a superb and much needed book that should help and support all postpartum mothers."

Peggy O'Mara
"Thirty years ago, when I had my babies, we were rediscovering natural birth and breast-feeding. But, we struggled alone during postpartum. If I had been able to read Aviva's book then, I would have cried less. Every new mother should have a copy of this book."
Mary Bove
"Finally, a book that addresses an aspect of birthing that has been forgotten in the western world. This book should make a valuable contribution not only to women, but to the whole family."
Suzanne Arms
"This is a superb and much needed book that should help and support all postpartum mothers."
Jeannine Parvati Baker
"Destined to have widespread appeal for its compassionate and wise advice. Thank you, Aviva, for so much vital information in one volume."
Editor and Publisher of Mothering magazine Peggy O'Mara
"Thirty years ago, when I had my babies, we were rediscovering natural birth and breast-feeding. But, we struggled alone during postpartum. If I had been able to read Aviva's book then, I would have cried less. Every new mother should have a copy of this book."
author of Prenatal Yoga and Natural Childbirth Jeannine Parvati Baker
"Destined to have widespread appeal for its compassionate and wise advice. Thank you, Aviva, for so much vital information in one volume."
From the Publisher

"Finally, a book that addresses an aspect of birthing that has been forgotten in the western world. This book should make a valuable contribution not only to women, but to the whole family."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892816965
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 8/8/2003
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish Language Edition
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Aviva Jill Romm is a certified professional midwife, practicing herbalist, and the former president of the American Herbalists Guild. 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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Natural Health after Birth

The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness

What is the Postpartum? 

Midwife Raven Lang once stated, "As long as the baby is still in diapers and you're up in the night, you're postpartum." Such a view reminds mothers that the demands of motherhood, which can include intense sleep deprivation and maximum amounts of energy being poured out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to another person, no matter how loved and wanted that baby is, is demanding. Unfortunately, our cultural definition of postpartum does not include this more simple and holistic view.

Rather than limiting postpartum to an arbitrarily chosen six weeks allowed for recovery, many midwives, childbirth educators, and postpartum doulas are encouraging women to see the postpartum as a fourth trimester, allowing themselves at least a full three months for physical recovery, spiritual integration, and emotional assimilation. Even three months, agree many experts, may be too short a time, with many mothers saying that it was closer to eight months when they began to feel more settled in their role as mother, and able to also regain a sense of personal identity and clarity. Three months, however, may be considered the first milestone when women begin to feel like they are getting their feet on the ground. It also gives friends and family a clear framework for setting expectations for the mother, allowing her three full months to receive active help and support. Most of all, it allows you to be gentle with yourself on those days that are more challenging, and gives you an excuse to lie around snuggling with that beautiful baby, savoring every minute as he or she blossoms before your eyes.

After the three-month milestone, one can realistically expect to continue to experience emotional peaks and valleys for many more months as hormones fluctuate, eating habits vary, sleep deprivation continues, baby's breastfeed, and you strive to keep up with your baby's changing schedule and needs. As a midwife I continue to get calls from mothers well into the first year after they've given birth, with questions about sleeping habits, teething, breastfeeding, introducing solid foods, and so on. It is always an opportunity to really check in with the mom to see how she is doing, whether she is caring for herself as well as she is caring for her baby, and to praise her on a job well done. These phone conversations are often filled with sighs of relief from the moms, as they hear me remind them that feeling overwhelmed is part of the territory of motherhood in our fast-paced society, and reflects no short-comings of their own. Expanding the definition for postpartum to include the first year after birth may initially seem like a long time, which in itself may be intimidating, but in the long run it allows you flexible boundaries and should relieve you of a false deadline that says you have to "have it together" by a certain time.

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Table of Contents


Natural Health after Birth

The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness

Introduction

ONE

The Birth of a Mother

Birth: Only the Beginning

What Is the Postpartum?

Postnatal Care

The Fourth Trimester

Signs and Guideposts

Honoring Our Range of Emotions

Being a Mother Is Second Nature, Isn’t It?

Realistic Expectations

The Feminine Mystique Revisited

Sacrifice and Empowerment

Developing Confidence

Mothering Archetypes

TWO

New-Mother Care around the World

Postpartum USA: Immediately after Birth

Immediately after Birth: A Glimpse at Traditions

Lying-In

Rites of Passage

Postpartum Family Support

Heat and Healing

Massage

Wrapping the Belly

Herbs

Bathing

Nutrition

Visitors

Mother-Baby

Men and Postpartum Care

Bringing the Best to the West

THREE

Preparing for the Postpartum before Baby Is Born

Late Pregnancy Health Is the Foundation for a Healthy Birth Recovery

The Needs of New Mothers

Creating a Support Circle

Breast Feeding

Maternity and Paternity Leaves

Creating a Postpartum Sanctuary

Drawing from a Full Well

FOUR

The First Days after Birth

The Birth Setting and Postpartum Experience

Bonding

Physical Changes in the Days after Birth

Herbal Baths

The Shape of Your Body

Healing from a Cesarean

Your Digestive System

When Your Milk Comes In

Breast-Feeding Challenges in the First Days

Sore Nipples

Difficulty Nursing

Insufficient Breast Milk

Breast-Feeding Support in the Days after Birth

If You Aren’t Breast-Feeding

Reflecting on Your Birth

A Difficult Birth

Emotional Highs and Lows

Body Tonics

Exercise

Sex after Birth

Your Healthy Newborn

Signs of Illness in the Newborn

Babies in Need of Special Care

Getting Enough Rest

Visitors, Visitors, and More Visitors

New-Mama Nutrition

The Partner Relationship

Older Children

FIVE

The Next Six Weeks

More Body Changes

Where Did Everybody Go . . . or Yes, You Still Need Help around the House

Reinventing Yourself as a Mother

More Birth Reflections

Further Breast-Feeding Adventures

Herbs and Breast Feeding

The Magic of Your Baby

Fussy Babies

Infant Massage

Sleeping Arrangements

Getting Around with Baby

More Exercises for Loving Your Post-Birth Body

Back into the Swing of Things

Working and Breast-Feeding

Breast Pumps, Nursing, and Making It Work

Relationship Challenges and Triumphs

Sex in the Weeks after Birth

Baby Blues

Postpartum Depression

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

SIX

Nutrition for New Mothers

Not Pregnant Anymore: What You Need Now

Lactation and Nutrition

Planning a Healthy Diet

SEVEN

Into the First Year

Wondering Who You Are

“I Feel Like I Can’t Get Anything Done”

Your Body

Motherhood and Your Career

Teething Baby, Sleepless Nights

Still Nursing

New-Mother Moods

Isolation and Social Networks

Postpartum Depression

Parenting Issues

Relationships, Sexuality, Fertility, and Birth Control

EIGHT

Replenishing Yourself

New-Mother Meditations

New-Mother Checklist

Creating Time to Nurture Yourself

Your Pelvic Floor

Free-Movement Dance

Postnatal Yoga

Fabulous Healing Baths

Shower Spa

Simple Pleasures for Your Hair and Body

Creating a Home Spa

Quiet Time Alone

Exploring Your Creativity

Keeping a Journal

Be Gentle with Yourself: Embrace and Enjoy Your Baby

APPENDIX 1

Herbal Preparations

Purchasing Herbs

Herbal Preparation

Forms of Preparation

APPENDIX 2

Resources

Herbs and Herbal Supplies, Books, Support and Information Groups, Educational

Programs, and Additional Health Supplies

Support and Resource Organizations

Educational Resources and Magazines

Miscellaneous Products

Bulk Herbs, Herbal Products, Books, and Supplies

Bibliography

Index

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