The modern American approach to postpartum care is lackluster at best. It starts in the hospital with medical staff not knowing how to educate mothers about the signs and symptoms they should look for postpartum. There are even stories of women returning to the hospital postpartum complaining of symptoms and being turned away only to find out that their conditions are serious and life threatening. Medical staff are there to support you, but in the overwhelm and the confusion postpartum overlooking symptoms isn't uncommon. Featured image and cover photo by Photo by Simon Matzinger from Pexels

Why you need to take a bed rest postpartum

The modern American approach to postpartum care is lackluster at best.

It starts in the hospital with medical staff not knowing how to educate mothers about the signs and symptoms they should look for postpartum. There are even stories of women returning to the hospital postpartum complaining of symptoms and being turned away only to find out that their conditions are serious and life threatening. Medical staff are there to support you, but in the overwhelm and the confusion postpartum overlooking symptoms isn’t uncommon.

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The last few weeks of pregnancy are unique. You’re excited because you’re going to meet your new baby so soon! There’s anxiety because oh wow, there is so much still left to do. Maybe you’re a little scared. And you might be frustrated because you’re big enough now that if you drop something on the floor that it lives there now. You could be any of this and more. Every pregnancy is different, every woman is different but there is one thing that is pretty much constant across pregnancies: You want it to be over and that 40 week mark is juuuuuuuust within your reach. Photo by by Josh Willink from Pexels.

Acupuncture for birth preparation and labor induction

The last few weeks of pregnancy are unique. You’re excited because you’re going to meet your new baby so soon! There’s anxiety because oh wow, there is so much still left to do. Maybe you’re a little scared. And you might be frustrated because you’re big enough now that if you drop something on the floor that it lives there now. You could be any of this and more. Every pregnancy is different, every woman is different but there is one thing that is pretty much constant across pregnancies: You want it to be over and that 40 week mark is juuuuuuuust within your reach. Photo by by Josh Willink from Pexels.

The ancient Chinese referred to Winter as the "season of shutting and storing". TCM has so much wisdom about living seasonally, and Winter is just the start

Winter: Season of Stillness

When we think of the big picture of the year, there is the cold season and the warm season. Winter and summer. Yin and yang.

Of course, the year can be broken down further, into the four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn or even further, into the eight weather terms.

When we look at the seasons on the wheel and think about them in the context of the eight weather terms we can see how the most yin part of the year – the winter solstice – is the middle of winter. And that the winter solstice, being the depth of yin contains within it the seed of yang.

My Birth Story: A Happily Unmedicated Natural Delivery

I’m in trouble when it comes to my daughter. She’s just too much like me – contrary.

I had been concerned my entire life about my fertility and my chances of conception. In fact, out of the three times I’ve been pregnant in my life, two of them ended prematurely. It’s natural and it happens and I expected it continue to happen. December 2016 was a rough enough month that I was willing to give up trying for a bit.

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Acupuncture for fertility is a huge topic. It's actually much bigger than just acupuncture. The fact is acupuncture is an important cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) but it's still a smaller part of a much bigger picture. I thought it was time we started to scratch the surface of TCM approaches to fertility and how acupuncture and other lifestyle changes can help bolster your fertility success. Featured image and cover photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels

The Fundamentals of Acupuncture for Fertility

Acupuncture for fertility is a huge topic. It’s actually much bigger than just acupuncture. The fact is acupuncture is an important cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) but it’s still a smaller part of a much bigger picture. I thought it was time we started to scratch the surface of TCM approaches to fertility and how acupuncture and other lifestyle changes can help bolster your fertility success.

Featured image and cover photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels

My family's cold fighting home remedy

Three herb broth: a traditional cold fighting remedy

Any pregnant woman can attest: having a cold while pregnant is awful. You already can’t breathe normally, but yeah sure, let’s add a stuffy nose and a cough to the mix!

Of course you don’t have to be pregnant to be miserable with a cold and you certainly don’t have to be pregnant to be familiar with them. According to the CDC an adult will average 2-3 colds per year, each lasting an average of 7-10 days. Since the cold is caused by a virus you can’t take anything for it either – it’s just a matter of rest, fluids and waiting.

What if I told you that you could cut that in half? And that if you acted quickly enough you could even nip the disease in the bud before it even got annoying. And that all it would take is a trip to the grocery store?

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Acupuncture needles are very small! In fact, 10 to 40 of them can fit in the tip of the average hypodermic needle.

What to expect for your first acupuncture appointment

Acupuncture – your mom has told you for years that it’s helped her headaches. Your best friend got it to help with her morning sickness. Your boss gets it for his chronic low back pain. So you’ve gone and done it – you made your first acupuncture appointment.

Now what?

Acupuncture’s popularity has skyrocketed in the past few years, but it’s very common for my new patients to be acupuncture first-timers. As newbies, it’s natural to have questions. My goal is to address many of the common questions I get before and at first appointments and to give you a general idea of what your session will like from beginning to end.

Acupuncture’s popularity has skyrocketed in the past few years, but it’s very common for my new patients to be acupuncture first-timers. As newbies, it’s natural to have questions. My goal is to address many of the common questions I get before and at first appointments and give you a general idea what your session will like from beginning to end.
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Single serving iced red raspberry leaf tea. Photo by Wahid Hacene via Pexels

A More Refreshing Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

As with many natural interventions there’s a bit of controversy on whether or not red raspberry leaf tea has any impact on labor. Some studies show it can shorten labor and lessen the need for interventions. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Nurse Midwifery found some 63% of certified nurse midwives used red raspberry leaf as part of their natural labor induction plan.

Other studies show that at the highest levels it can actually inhibit contractions, lengthening labors. It’s important to point out for this study the doses “at the highest level” are at a level no human would consume with a mug of tea a day. At worst you have a tasty tea that has no effect. Also note that rats are not humans and their physiology will handle things slightly differently.

Conventional and folk wisdom treat it as a “women’s herb”. It’s great to help menstrual cramps, keep the uterus healthy and may help with fertility. The only caution I regularly see with red raspberry leaf is to not consume it in the first trimester.