I remember the last several weeks of my pregnancy. They seemed to take FOREVER! I was carrying a 9-1/2 pound baby and was SO incredibly uncomfortable! Any fear of labor was gone - I just wanted this baby OUT. As hard as it is to wait though, it is so worth it.
As I was writing my blog about herbs for increasing breastmilk production, I felt guided to address how normal, natural and common it is for women to feel very emotional and feel the need to cry after they've given birth, or at any time postpartum. It became clear that it needed to be a blog post all of its own.
There are several herbs that work well to increase milk production. You may be wondering which one is best for you! Here is a brief summary - there is MUCH more information under Articles & Information and a more detailed and comprehensive one in the Premium Article section. Here is a brief summary though:
Did you ever wonder when your baby becomes aware? Or if a baby is aware at all? Or how the quality of your pregnancy and birth would affect your baby? Do babies remember and learn from experience? Well, research now shows there is a mind at work in your baby, and it starts working long before birth. This is big news for scientists but moms and dads probably knew it all along.
Everyone should be taking Calcium/Magnesium supplements, especially pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as menopausal women and children. In pregnant and breastfeeding women, the body will rob from itself to provide enough of these nutrients for the growing baby. This is why many women come out of pregnancy and breastfeeding with teeth problems and thinning bones, muscle cramps and backaches.
In this Premium Article, learn what herbs will help maximize and enhance your fertility, and what common factor exists for women who are having problems with conception, and herbs that will help. It contains a list of supplements and herbs that are recommended to support your health and your baby's health, giving him or her the best start possible. (This includes recommendations for supplements known to help prevent birth defects in the growing embryo and ones that should be taken PRIOR to conception.
Herb Lore's Pregnancy Tea and Pregnancy Tea Plus are healthful and refreshing herbal combinations that are supportive and toning to the entire system before, during and after pregnancy. The regular Pregnancy Tea may be used throughout the entire pregnancy, and because of its high vitamin and mineral content, achieves its best results when used on a long-term, daily basis. Pregnancy Tea Plus is similar to Pregnancy Tea, with the addition of Squaw Vine, a late-pregnancy tonic which further helps to strengthen and nourish the uterus, preparing it for the upcoming work of labor and birth. Because this herb has some very slight oxytocic properties to it (meaning it has the potential to start uterine contractions, although it's not likely), it's recommended for use during the last six weeks of pregnancy only. Native Americans used this herb successfully throughout their entire pregnancies (hence the name Squaw Vine) - even so, we at Herb Lore like to work very conservatively, therefore, we recommend the Pregnancy Tea Plus only during the last six weeks. (The regular Pregnancy Tea may be taken throughout the entire pregnancy however.)
Herb Lore's Postpartum Sitz Bath Herbs is an herbal combination used after birth to help soothe and heal the mother's perineal/vaginal area (even in severe cases), as well as to help heal baby's umbilical cord stump. The sitz bath combination contains the following herbs: