The first official quarter of Reverie Acupuncture is wrapping up which means it’s time for a post round up!

While I’m writing up posts for the next few weeks, I thought it would be good to revisit the five most popular posts of the year so far. These are ranked in order of the blogs that people found the most useful and came back for time and time again. If you missed any of them, here is your chance to catch up and also your chance to review if you liked them.

Fertility tips, postpartum recovery tips and why telling your birth story is necessary for women everywhere

The information in this post is for general purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. This post may contain affiliate links. For more information please see my privacy policy.

1. Why you need to take a bed rest postpartum

Many traditional medicines are very clear - moms must take a bed rest postpartum. We tell moms to "resume normal activities." Is this ok?

The number one blog post of all is also my number one piece of advice for any new mother.

Bed rest is a way to help supercharge your recovery, so that not only do you heal better and faster from the birth, but you build on your health and become healthier than you were pre-pregnancy.

The number one blog post of all is also my number one piece of advice for any new mother. Bed rest is a way to help supercharge your recovery, so that not only do you heal better and faster from the birth, but you build on your health and become healthier than you were pre-pregnancy.

Recommendations for bed rest are becoming more and more common in mainstream practices, with prescribed periods ranging from a week to almost a month. This turn towards a maternal focus in postpartum care comes at a time where the American health care system’s support for mothers is embarrassingly and fatally low.

Read more here: Why you need to take a bed rest postpartum

2. The Fundamentals of Acupuncture for Fertility

Fertility is a huge topic even when it's limited to the scope of Traditional Chinese Medicine Get the basics here

Fertility is a complicated issue and the only way to address complicated issues is holistically. When you try to treat something as big as fertility by only treating tiny parts, you end up missing things that could not only help you conceive sooner, but have a healthier and happier pregnancy.

Acupuncture is part of a holistic medicine and instead of treating one or two small parts of a large problem, your acupuncturist will help raise the overall level of your health. Being at this new level of vitality and homeostatic balance will make your fertility journey all the better.

Read more about how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine could be a valuable part of your care plan here: The Fundamentals of Acupuncture for Fertility

3. My Birth Story: A Happily Unmedicated Vaginal Delivery

Telling birth stories is liberation. Telling birth stories is community building. Telling birth stories is honoring the need of new mothers to hear what you went through.

Birth stories need to be shared.

Birth in the US has become such a terrifying, alien, medical thing that sometimes we forget that it’s a natural process. We can take back that narrative by sharing our birth stories. Here I’ve shared mine – an unmedicated, natural birth center birth.

By talking about these things, we can take the fear out of the process. Most births are nothing like what we see in the media, but when that’s all we have to go off of, no wonder we’re scared. If more women talked about what it felt like when their water broke (if it did at all), what the first contractions felt like, what pushing felt like, and more details about the process we could turn fear into excitement.

Read my birth story here: My Birth Story: A Happily Unmedicated Vaginal Delivery

I am always looking to feature more birth stories on the blog. If you would like to share yours, send me an email!

4. Five ways to increase fertility by decreasing stress

It can be frustrating to be told to just relax, but the fact is that stress can impact fertility. But you can fight back with these five stress busting ideas

Stress impacts fertility. There’s no way around it. While many women get tired of hearing, “Relax, and let it happen,” there is so much truth to this trite and tired saying.

Learning to manage stress is a vital part of improving your fertility holistically and naturally. This post expands on the stress section from the Acupuncture for Fertility post (#2) and gives some tips on managing stress.

Read more here: Five Ways to Impact Fertility by Decreasing Stress

5. The Ultimate Birth Center Go-bag checklist

Birth center bags and hospital bags are two different animals. Find out what to pack in your birth center bag in this blog post!

Birth center bags are a completely different animal than hospital bags. Instead of planning to stay the night, you have to plan to eat. Instead of depending on hospital freebies, you have to bring your own postpartum items. Honey sticks, water bottles, candles, crystals – anything that your center allows can go in the bag. You may even need to pack items like massage oils, tennis balls and rebozos in case your doula or midwife doesn’t have theirs.

My husband works in theater as a tech and I suffer from Over-Preparedness Syndrome, so we like to be organized. We developed a checklist while we packed our bag because we couldn’t find a comprehensive list for birth center bags anywhere. We worked backwards from the many hospital bag lists we had found and then added back in the things we wanted.
There are some things we forgot, some things we wished we had and many things we brought and didn’t need. This blog post has a downloadable checklist to give you a head start on your birth center bag.

Read it here: The Ultimate Birth Center Bag Checklist

Those are to top five posts of Reverie Acupuncture so far. I’ve been enjoying the suggestions and requests for blog topics and I have quite the list I’ve started working through. I even have a possible guest post in the works from another holistically minded mama.

Thank you for reading and I’ll see you all next week.

Disclaimer: I am an acupuncturist in the state of Minnesota, and the information falls within my scope of practice in my state. However, unless I have directed you here as your homework I am probably not your acupuncturist. The information in this post is for general purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. As always, check with your own acupuncturist or primary care provider before making any lifestyle changes. This post does not create a patient-practitioner relationship and I am not liable for any losses or damages resulting or relating to the content in this post.

Resources and Links

Why you need to take a bed rest postpartum

The fundamentals of acupuncture for fertility

My birth story: a happily unmedicated vaginal delivery

Five ways to increase fertility by decreasing stress

The Ultimate Birth Center Go-Bag checklist

Jessica Gustafson is a licensed acupuncturist in St Paul, MN specializing in women's health and fertility. She loves working with patients through the Health Foundations Birth Center on Grand Avenue in St Paul as well as doing home visits in the Twin Cities area. Check out the services page for more information! ​ ​Follow Reverie Acupuncture on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for updates!

Jessica Gustafson is a licensed acupuncturist in St Paul, MN specializing in women’s health and fertility. She loves working with patients through the Health Foundations Birth Center on Grand Avenue in St Paul as well as doing home visits in the Twin Cities area. Check out the services page for more information!

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