Acupuncture After Giving Birth

by Kristy
(Rhode Island)

Hi Amelia,
I have 3 children, one of which is 10 months old - my other 2 are almost 5 and 3. A friend of mine, who has a 1 year old recommended that I go to an acupuncturist (she lives in Texas and is seeing one) to get my energy in balance after having my last baby.

I went to an ND in PA recently who couldn't perform a test on me because she said my energy was "all in my head" and not in my body. I have had 2 miscarriages (one before my 1st child and one before my 3rd). The info you have on your site on women taking care of themselves after birth and breastfeeding fascinates me.

Of course, women in the U.S. generally do NOT do that! I know you focus a lot on infertility, but do you think you could help me get "balanced" after having 3 babies? Do you follow a certain plan for that or is it on an individual basis? My friend I mentioned is treated with acupuncture and herbs right now and noticed a big difference in how she feels.

I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,
Kristy

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Acupuncture After Giving Birth
by: Amelia Hirota

Hi Kristy,
Taking herbs and getting acupuncture after giving birth is very helpful in women looking to regain balance and energy. It seems in your case that your Qi (overall energy) may be depleted since your second and third children are so close together and there was a miscarriage in between the two.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine we view miscarriages similar to pregnancies, in terms of the strain on the body. Also, with miscarriages we know that there is also the emotional stress of losing a baby. If you have nursed each of your children, this is another way that your body may have been depleted.

In many parts of the world like Malaysia and China, women are encouraged to do nothing, but nurse their babies after giving birth. They consume diets high in omega-3 fatty acids (fish and seafood), as well as animal protein, vegetables and fruits.

Family members take care of the house, the other children and the baby when he is not nursing. Mommy eats, rests, gets massages, takes herbs and warms her body. Even career women in China and Malaysia take at least 40 days completely off from work to bring their bodies back into balance. Of course, many pursue some sort of maternity leave after their 40 days.

Here in the clinic, a post-partum plan is personalized to the patients. Some women have undergone c-sections and have different needs than women who gave vaginal birth. In your case, I would most likely recommend regular acupuncture treatments, a nourishing herbal regime, dietary therapy and some lifestyle counseling, depending on your initial evaluation.

Acupuncture is wonderful for balancing the Qi of the body and helping to regulate the period, if you are menstruating. Chinese herbal formulas are deeply nourishing and help to replenish the qi and blood that was lost through pregnancy and nursing. I like to include some dietary therapy and lifestyle counseling in my program, so that you are an active and informed participant in your own wellness program.

I hope that this has been helpful to you. Please give me a call if you'd like to schedule an appointment.

Best regards,
Amelia Hirota
Licensed and Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist

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