The moments and days following birth are some of the most special memories a momma can have. I always look back so fondly on these times. But the time following birth also comes with its pains and trials.
In the days following birth, mothers will experience after-birth pains as the uterus contracts and shrinks back down to normal size. This is intensified by breastfeeding, as breastfeeding hormones signal the uterus to contract. Just another neat way God made mommas!
But after-birth pains can be truly painful, especially by third or fourth babies, as the pains become worse after each subsequent birth. Tea has been an excellent source of nourishment during my pregnancy, I love using herbs in tea form! There are herbs that can help you along in managing after-birth pain, and here is how to utilize them:
After-Pain Tea Recipe
1/2 ounce dried Blue Cohosh root (helps the uterus to shrink back to pre-pregnancy size more quickly.)
1/4 ounce dried Hops flowers (encourages sleep, milk production, and pain reduction.)
To prepare this brew, use an infusion method, which creates a stronger brew than a cup of tea. To make an infusion, place herbs in a quart-sized jar and fill the jar with boiling water. Let sit for eight hours (or overnight), then strain out the herbs and refrigerate your infusion. You can reheat the brew as you sip it throughout the day as needed or drink it cold. Salt can be added for taste.
Postpartum Depression Tea Recipe
Another common issue following birth is depression caused by shifting hormones.
Some mothers experience full-blown postpartum depression, while others experience mild symptoms. Either way, the following postpartum depression brew recipe will help balance your hormones and lift your spirit:
1/2 ounce dried, shredded Licorice root (favorably affects hormonal balance.)
1 ounce dried, crumbled Raspberry leaf (tones the uterus and ovaries and increases available calcium.)
1 ounce dried, finely cut Rosemary leaves (increases milk flow, adds calcium and tones liver.)
1 ounce dried, cut Skullcap (another source of calcium, nerve strengthener, and soother: prolonged use produces calm emotions.)
To make this tea, combine the herbs, mixing together well. Use two teaspoons per cup of boiling water. This brew is particularly interesting and strong tasting and smelling. Drink two or more cups a day for several weeks or up to two months.
For more awesome herbal remedies, teas and tinctures, check out Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun S. Weed!
Have you used any herbal remedies to ease discomfort following birth?