Giving birth is one of the most amazing things there is in this world. That from conception finally is the deliverance of life. What a glorious feeling that is anticipating giving way to life? It is this much joy looking forward to that very day.
The mother, after giving birth, gets to certain stages that would make it seem difficult than just sheer happiness. Leading from that day is a series of changes to the mothers physical and hormonal levels and so it becomes harder from then on until full recovery.
There are post-partum challenges that needs to be carefully monitored and aided since the mother is currently undergoing some major adjustments from conception to giving birth. A transition will take place from being just a lady to becoming a woman, realizing the parental role chosen by that individual.
The transition phase is most difficult and it is crucial that people needs to support her in this very difficult time. Emotions will be throwing on and off the meter attributed from the hormonal adjustments that is happening in her.
Few of the possible challenges (as listed below) will be discussed and what intervention may be administered to help the mother ease through to recovery:
Giving birth (vaginal) would mean that the vagina has stretched to extent possible to allow the passage of the infant. With this happening, some of the tissues may have been torn. Also, in a lot of cases there will be a much required episiotomy that is a tear that is purposefully placed to get a wider opening for the birth of the child. All these will cause inflammation of certain parts that are affected by the activities. A Sitz Bath may help alleviate the pain, enforce healing and prevent infection as well.
Sitz Bath is done with the use of the combination of cypress, an astringent, and lavender. The cypress helps promote the constriction of open blood vessels that prevents further bleeding. Lavender on the other hand helps in recovery and so promotes tissue regeneration. It may also serve as a protection from airborne infection-causing agents.
How to make sitz bath ?
2 drops cypress and 3 drops of lavender in a bowl of warm water.
It is recommended that the Sitz Bath be done at least after 24 hours after giving birth. When the mother is able to get up and move more at ease. Allow her to be able to sit by the solution in approximately ten to twenty minutes. This may be done up to three times in a day or more if needed or until the inflammation fades away. It is advised to do this procedure to up to one week after delivery.
Breast feeding is more of a relationship than just a responsibility to the new born. Though admittedly it is the mothers responsibility to do it, there is more to it than just that. This next phase makes the maternal relationship stronger enforced by the contact, the feeding and the care. Altogether, this will ensure that the infant is provided as required to ensure the proper development.
One of the problems cause by breastfeeding is sore nipples. Infants are by nature awakened to senses of touch and oral stimulation during the early stages of development so the peripherals for these senses are strong and so breast feeding may cause pain and even bleeding.
Lavender and rose essential oils maybe used to ease the soreness of the nipples. Be careful not to use any other types as it may be too strong for infants if ingested. It is extremely important for breast feeding mothers to wash the areola of the nipple before each feeding to make sure that the area is sterile before the childs contact to it to avoid ingestion of possibly harmful agents that can cause infection to the baby.
A drop of the rose or lavender essential oil may be mixed with nut oil (one teaspoon). After breast feeding, this mixture may be applied to the nipple
Mastitis is the inflammation of the mammary glands in the mothers breast that is responsible for the production of milk. The inflammation may be caused by infection and a common symptom is pain, swelling and redness of the area (breast). The inflammation if caused by infection would normally display symptoms of elevated body temperature generally in the infected area, the breast.
It extremely important that the temperature on the breast area is reduced by administering cold compresses or a Poke Root Herbal Oil may be used as an alternative.
Put this blend in a 500 ml to 1 liter of cold water. Mix well before dipping in a clean cloth and applying to the affected breast.
There are cases where the mother is not producing enough milk for the infant. So selecting the most appropriate formula milk for your baby is crucial to avoid unnecessary spending. On the down side formula milk is harder to digest than breast milk. The mothers breast milk contains certain antibodies that helps boost the infants immune system and this is not found in Formula milk. These antibodies may help prevent food allergies. An obvious effect of drinking milk promotes bone and other bodily developments.
To make you breast milk enough for the baby, there are several things you should do:
Hair loss in general is normal. We lose an average of a hundred strands in a day but for women who have given birth it is a little traumatic since there is so much hair loss that is going to happen In the cellular level the hair of a pregnant woman enters into an extended growth phase thus approximately three months after giving-birth these hair strands needed to be shed so the hair loss will be more than usual. Though this does not lead to total hair loss it will be surprising loosing so much hair in such a short span of time. The balance between the lost hair and the newly goring hair will be restored approximately six months after that.
There are a number of things that you can do to reduce the extent of hair loss during pregnancy or after birth:
Scalp massage blend to prevent hair loss:
Put 5 drops of ginger oils and 5 drops of rosemary oils into 20 ml of sweet almond oil. Massage the blend into dry hair. Cover the hair with warm towel for 20 minutes. Then apply shampoo straight into the hair and rinse as normal.
This is the stage where the mother experiences emotional instability due to the changes that she has seen to herself between the period of eleven days up to six weeks after giving birth.
There is a blend of essential oils that may be used to aid women experiencing post natal depression and this includes ylang-ylang, jasmine and clary sage. These oils helps inducing a calming effect that helps the mother stabilize emotionally. A few drops of these oils may be used in bath water and may be even used, advised to use two drops at the end of the pillow at night to facilitate enough rest.
To use: just put a few drops of those oils in the bath water. At night you can put a drop or two in the edge of your pillow.
Stretch Marks is one of the challenges a woman encounters in child-bearing and then after birth. Though these marks fade away over time women still searches for a faster way to get this fixed after birth. Seeing these marks after giving birth may result to low self-esteem directly affecting their personal relationship to others.
Try this blend to help remove stretch marks after birth.
Anti-Stretch Marks Massage
The combination of these oils helps nourish the skin and also help maintain its elasticity. This blend may be massaged to the area with the marks at night and in the morning.
After birth, the mother is at her most vulnerable state so rest and support is much needed. On the other hand, people supporting her should have enough rest as well. Lack of rest will affect temperament. The people supporting her must display a much more stable emotional state to show reliability.
To restore your energy, you deserve a good massage. Labor is physically very demanding and can take a lot of you, so a blend massage in your back will give you more energy and strength, while removing the tension and strain caused to the back during the last months of pregnancy.
Dilute 2 drops of bergamot and 1 drop orange in a 2 teaspoon of carrier oil. If you don't have bergamot you can change it to rosewood essential oils.
M. Tisserand, Aromatherapy for Women: A Practical Guide to Essential Oils for Health and Beauty
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