Postpartum visits our household
The saying goes, “When Momma ain’t happy…ain’t nobody happy!” I had first-hand exposure to a postpartum illness. When my wife was overcome with postpartum psychosis, I came to attention, especially because my profession involves helping sick people get well. Helping my wife regain her physical and mental health at a critical time was vital with a newborn baby demanding a lot of time and attention; and a four-year-old wondering what just happened to her world.
Since that time, I have taken an interest in helping postpartum mothers by offering a natural medicine approach. I have learned that when a mother’s body builds a baby, the baby gets first dibs on everything. This often leaves the Momma depleted; not just in energy, but in neurotransmitter strength and hormone potency. So often, after the oft arduous journey of pregnancy; followed by labor, and then around-the-clock care of a newborn, Mommas have little left for keeping herself alive and well.
Hypothalamus: The Key to Healthy Hormones
My first plan of action is to test the hypothalamus, the “President” of the entire hormonal system and pituitary gland, to see if it is functioning at optimum. This gland resides over other important glands that might be considered like ‘Secretaries of State.’ These secretaries of state include the thyroid, pancreas, ovaries, uterus, adrenal and thymus gland. Often in a postpartum episode, the hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal and thyroid have all taken a big hit.
My Recipe for Postpartum Healing
Think of the hormonal system being overdrawn, just like a bank account. When the bank account is overdrawn; not only do you have to pay your regular bills, but you also must make up the amount that’s overdrawn. So many Mommas get into this bind with depleted hormonal strength, low serotonin levels, and minimal energy reserve. I have found that prescribing some potent therapeutic nutrition specific for the glands and parts of the brain that are deficient works marvelously. Combine that with an acupuncture session to move stagnant qi (pronounced ‘chee’—vital energy). Add in a chiropractic adjustment to ensure full expression of the nervous system (which runs the entire body), and top it all off with an emotional release session to eliminate negative trapped emotions that are sabotaging healing. This is the successful recipe I have used multiple times to turn the momma’s postpartum period from a bleak gloominess into positive sunny skies. From the bottom of my heart, my hat is off to all mommas…you are amazing ladies. We need you so take care of you so you can take care of your family!