A few of my patients are due to give birth over the coming months so it seemed like a good time to talk about mother roasting, a truly lovely post partum treatment that can be easily done at home and which can really help a new mother recover. Let's face it, she has worked pretty hard to get that baby out, internally everything has had a bit of a workout and this warming, nourishing treatment can help with a healthy recovery. Simply, a moxa stick is used to warm the lower abdomen and lower back in the fortnight following the birth. New mothers should also keep their belly and lower back warm - which can easily be done with either enormous knickers or a scarf wrapped round the midriff. Finally, eat well - a new baby can turn things upside down, especially eating, but getting the right kind of nourishment is crucial for the production of breast milk, the energy you need to get through and blood building. Making a batch of beef bone broth ahead of time is easily done and perfect for this. Breast milk is essentially blood, so if there has been a significant blood loss at birth an additional iron supplement such as Floradix, which I recommend to so many people, should also be considered.
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