Today, I introduce you to Rebecca Groebner M.Ac, L.Ac, who explains the basics of postpartum recovery from a East Asian Medicine perspective.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
How did you get interested in treating pregnant and postpartum mamas?
How do you serve postpartum women and what do you focus on?
- The lochia (blood, mucus and uterine tissue discharged after giving birth) is completely cleared from the uterus so that it can regain it’s proper tonicity and the blood and qi move, unobstructed, through the reproductive organs. There are two major channels flowing through the uterus: one connects the uterus to the heart and the other connects the uterus to the kidneys. If there is a retention of the lochia after giving birth, it can cause physical and emotional issues and can lead to problems with future births and menopause.
- The uterus and kidneys are warmed and the yang is tonified after giving birth – again, to help with the tonicity of the uterus and to recharge the battery that has been spent during pregnancy and labor.
- The blood and yin fluids are tonified and rebuilt, because the heat cannot be held without that container.
- And finally, the spleen and stomach are properly cared for in every way, so that they continue to function at optimal levels. The spleen and stomach are the root of the blood, and hence, the root of the breastmilk (an extension of the blood).