TCM Postpartum Care & Recovery At Home
As long as "confinement" is mentioned, many people will think of taking supplements, eating sesame oil, drinking rice wine, not washing hair or taking a bath in cold water, etc. But are these concepts really suitable for every mom? How to take care of the postpartum so that the mother can recover well and at the same time have sufficient milk supply to the newborn?
Today, I would like to share with you the secret recipe for confinement care passed down from six generations of Li's medical family. Combined with more than 40 years of clinical postpartum care experience, I hope to help more mothers to do postpartum care!
What is postpartum confinement? Why do you need postpartum confinement?
"Postpartum Confinement" refers to the nursing care for 6-8 weeks after childbirth. During this period, maternal changes in psychology and physiology are quite large. The first physiological aspect is "restoration of uterus and ovarian function". From the point of view of traditional Chinese medicine, whether it is postpartum depression, puerperal fever, lochia, confinement wind (cold during confinement and leaving some sequelae) and other common postpartum symptoms, they can all be attributed to the following diseases Factors: Insufficiency of qi and blood and emotional disorders, improper diet, cold and heat, foreign infection.
Postpartum conditioning is the most important for the recovery of the body, and it is related to the health of women throughout their lives. Then, is it suitable for every mother to "make up, make up, make up" after giving birth?
Today, the confinement medicinal diets on the market are all the same as "supplements", but the diet and medical therapy of confinement depends on the person, eat according to the constitution, and supplement according to the constitution, so as to avoid the wrong direction of medication and dietary supplements, and make up for the wrong ones. Injury.
For example, the weak constitution is suitable for consumption of warm tonics such as biochemical soup, rice wine, and sesame oil cooking for postpartum conditioning. It is recommended that pregnant women with inactive constitution (regardless of natural birth or caesarean section) do not eat sesame oil dishes such as sesame oil chicken in the first week after childbirth, but they can start drinking Shenghua soup to remove lochia on the first day after childbirth. Another example, the general formula of Shenghua decoction is not suitable for pregnant women with hot constitution, and modern people are generally tired and have a deficient constitution, especially the ratio of angelica to safflower. Take the stereotyped "biochemical soup" on the market.
Therefore, customized confinement conditioning formula is especially important! Infertility or artificial insemination after giving birth to the first child, if the uterus and ovary recover well, usually the second child may be naturally conceived!
Furthermore, the staged conditioning of confinement is especially important. In the early postpartum period, the mother's hormones, bones, and internal organs are changing in all aspects. Therefore, it is necessary to take appropriate diet and medication at the right time, so that the mother can recover and improve in the best time, and achieve multiplier effect!
Tonic during the confinement period adopts a step-by-step method, and is divided into four stages according to the individual physique of the puerpera:
At this stage, the main adjustment is to replenish blood and remove blood stasis, help uterine contraction and lochia discharge, and regulate the spleen and stomach, replenish vitality.
Helps to expel water, toxins, blood stasis, etc. accumulated during pregnancy.
At this stage, the conditioning is mainly based on nourishing blood, tonifying qi, and nourishing the kidney, or supplemented by strengthening the spleen and removing dampness. Traditional Chinese medicines such as Angelica, Chuanxiong, Codonopsis, Astragalus, Eucommia, and Atractylodes are commonly used for conditioning.
Postpartum qi and blood are both deficient, should nourish qi and blood, regulate the spleen and stomach, improve postpartum fatigue, and prevent constipation.
At this point, attention should be paid to whether lochia, wounds, and bowel habits are recovering steadily.
This stage of conditioning is mainly based on nourishing yin and blood, nourishing liver and kidney, and promoting milk secretion.
After half a month postpartum, the constitution gradually changes from yin deficiency and yang to weak qi and yang, and there is a certain degree of deficiency of kidney qi. Therefore, the nourishing formula should be based on nourishing qi and nourishing blood, and increase the functions of nourishing kidney, nourishing yin and milk secretion. Function.
The fourth stage (4~5 weeks postpartum) - skin slimming, blood rejuvenation, nourishing yin and abdominal tightening
At this stage, the conditioning is mainly composed of qi and blood, improving physical fitness, repairing skin and bone, and enhancing immunity.
Clears the meridians and activates collaterals, slims the skin, restores vitality, and prevents back pain.
At this time, it is necessary to pay attention to whether the vitality of the body has generally recovered, otherwise the duration of confinement may be extended depending on the situation.
Each person's constitution is different, and it must be prescribed by a qualified doctor. It is also possible to have a doctor diagnose the constitution before giving birth, and formulate conditioning matters.
Postpartum Dietary Taboos:
- Avoid raw and cold foods: such as ice products, beverages, pears, grapefruit, grapefruit, watermelon, coconut, orange, tomato, lotus mist, mung bean, lotus root, cucumber, bitter gourd, loofah, wax gourd, Chinese cabbage, white radish, eggplant ,kelp.
- Avoid roasted, fried, spicy and spicy foods: such as pickled products, coffee, curry, sand tea sauce, and peppers.
- Eat less acidic foods: such as sour plum, vinegar, lemon.
- Eat less salt, and the food is mainly light.
- Eat less greasy and indigestible foods.
- The food must be cooked, and even the right fruit should not be eaten too much.
- Food must be eaten warm.
- It is forbidden to eat sesame oil and food cooked with wine within seven days after giving birth and when the wound is red, swollen and painful.
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