Discover why warmth & nourishment is essential to your recovery postpartum

Warmth & Nourishment are essential in the early weeks after the birth of our babies.  They are 2 key factors of traditional postpartum care considered, by hundreds of different cultures all over the world, as being crucial in a woman’s recovery postpartum.  If she is kept warm and nourished during her transition to becoming a mother, this will enable her to gather strength physically and emotionally as she takes on her new role, which hugely benefits her health and wellbeing for years to come. 

To give your body the best opportunity to heal in your first 42 days and beyond, it is important to wrap up warm and eat well.

So how can you do this?

In regard to physical warmth, we must look after the space that is left, where baby spent 9 months developing, whilst the uterus retracts back to its original size, this takes about 6 weeks.

In traditional medicine letting the cold into the body could mean letting in illness too, therefore it is important to wrap up warm, even in hot weather, with cosy socks and scarves.

New Mothers in Morocco are wrapped head to foot to keep the cold / illness from getting in.  They also enjoy steam baths and massages in the hamams, as well as nourishing meals cooked with warming herbs and spices.

Having warm, delicious, nutrient dense, vitamin rich foods will offer you both nutritional and medicinal benefits and will help you gather your strength in those early days and weeks.

Your ‘digestive fire’ is very low after giving birth; therefore, your meals ideally need to be soft and easy to digest to minimise the effort in chewing, and for your body to not use the little energy it does have for digesting.  

It is best to avoid cold drinks and raw foods, even in the Summer months, stick to warm/hot foods and drinks.  If you must then room temperature is ok, but not advisable.

Foods containing iron are important so including boiled eggs, meats, lentils, and green veggies will all give you a good boost of this essential mineral.

In the First Forty Days, Heng Ou describes bone broths as –

“One of the most healing foods on the planet, that will fortify you for childbirth, and their collagen supports healthy skin – great for your stretching belly and your post-delivery recovery.”

Herbals teas are wonderful at providing your body the warmth and medicine it needs.  Nettle and fennel make a great blend due to nettle being rich in iron and its detoxifying properties, and fennel stimulating milk production.  In the Moroccan culture they consume fresh mint tea regularly and this is enjoyed lots during the New Mothers first 40 days with its digestive supporting, energy boosting but calming, and relaxing properties.

Onion and garlic are great to include in your cooking and other herbs and spices that are incredibly healing, and warming are coriander, parsley, ginger, cumin, paprika, fenugreek, black pepper, turmeric, and cinnamon.

You will crave sweet things so rather than always reaching for refined sugar snacks, you can satisfy this craving, whilst supporting your healing, with some delicious date and cacao balls or warming date milk, as well as eating sweet root veggies such as sweet potato or beetroot. 

Herbal baths are also a fantastic way to nourish yourself in your postpartum.  Take a look below at the Healing Herbal Bath blend I create for the mums that I work with to enjoy.

It is also important to receive emotional warmth through the love, care, and support that is offered to you at this vulnerable, precious, transformative, and life changing stage of your life.  

If you would like to explore this and discover how you can create your very own support network that works for you and your family then get in touch to arrange a free 1:1 planning session with me.

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Some yummy recipes:

Nepali Rice Pudding, Newborn Mothers Cookbook – by Julia Jones

Date Milk, Newborn Mothers Cookbook – by Julia Jones

Bone Broths, First 40 Days – by Heng Ou

Healing Herbal Bath:

Epsom Salts – anti-inflammatory, improves circulation, regulates fluid retention, soothes aching muscles and regulates blood sugar.

Comfrey leaves – high in calcium and Vit C, with wonderful wound healing abilities.

Chamomile – calming, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.

Lavender – promotes relaxation, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory.

Rose petals – anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, soothes irritation, hydrates