Herbs for Postpartum Recovery

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Recovering from postpartum

If you’re like most new mothers, you may worry that you aren’t recovering quickly enough from childbirth. Recovery after having a baby can be challenging and even overwhelming, especially if it’s your first baby. Many women feel like they are not ready to go back to work or have trouble sleeping at night. There are some natural remedies that can help speed up the process of healing and promote a healthy postpartum period for new mommies!

Chamomile

While chamomile can be used to treat many ailments, it's most well-known for its ability to help with postpartum recovery. It can help you heal faster and make your recovery process easier.

  • Chamomile has been shown to reduce the amount of bleeding you experience after birth. This is especially helpful if you are experiencing severe bleeding during or after delivery—chronic use of chamomile is associated with lower rates of postpartum hemorrhage (bleeding more than 500 ml/day) in women who have had C-sections versus those without such a history.[1]

  • Chamomile reduces muscle cramps in general, so it can be helpful if you're breastfeeding and having soreness from that activity as well as from delivery.[2]

  • It may also help reduce mood swings and depression,[3][4] which are common among new mothers.[5][6]

Comfrey

Comfrey is a medicinal herb that has been used for centuries. It's known to help with the healing of wounds and to reduce inflammation, which can be helpful in healing postpartum pain. Comfrey can also be used to treat other types of internal bleeding, including uterine hemorrhaging after birth.

Comfrey is effective at reducing pain from sore nipples, helping them heal more quickly and preventing further damage. If you're breastfeeding and have sore or cracked nipples, use comfrey leaves as a gentle salve on your breasts or nipples (after checking with your practitioner first).

Marshmallow Root

You may be surprised to learn that marshmallow root is often used as a natural laxative. This is because it contains mucilage, which acts like a natural stool softener by soothing the digestive tract and protecting against irritation.

It’s also known as an expectorant due to its ability to thicken mucus in the respiratory system, making it easier for the body to cough up phlegm. It’s also a demulcent (soothing), making it great for sore throats, coughs and other conditions where you have difficulty swallowing or breathing properly.

Marshmallow has been used historically as an herbal remedy for inflammation of the digestive tract and throat – particularly when caused by irritants such as food poisoning or colds/flu viruses! It's also great at reducing inflammation from infections like strep throat — just make sure not mix with OTC medications unless directed otherwise by your doctor!

Peppermint

  • Peppermint is a great herb for helping with digestive issues, and it can help soothe the stomach.

  • Peppermint can also help treat nausea and vomiting.

Red Raspberry Leaf

Red raspberry leaf is a uterine tonic that helps the uterus and its surrounding muscles. It can also help with milk production and postpartum hemorrhage, which is bleeding after childbirth.

Red raspberry leaf has traditionally been used to help heal postpartum wounds, but it also has many other benefits for mothers who are breastfeeding or pregnant:

Licorice Root

Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), a common ingredient in herbal teas, has been used for centuries to treat stomach ulcers, sore throats and colds. It’s also used for its anti-inflammatory effects.

Licorice root contains natural estrogen hormones that are similar to those found in the body. The plant is believed to help control postpartum bleeding, reduce pain during menstruation and regulate hormone levels in women who have trouble getting pregnant or maintain pregnancy. Licorice root has also been shown to help with fatigue due to the extra energy required from breastfeeding on top of all other daily tasks new moms must accomplish while recovering from childbirth!

Gentian Root

Gentian root is a bitter herb. It was used by Native Americans to treat digestive problems. Gentian root has been used for diarrhea, gas and nausea, indigestion and general digestive complaints.

Gentian root is available in capsules or tablets at most health food stores.

The research is clear: postpartum depression is a real condition that can be treated with herbal remedies, supplements and lifestyle changes. The important thing to remember is that there’s no one-size fits all approach—each woman needs to find what works best for her body and mind. You may have heard of these herbs before or even taken them yourself; however, if you think this information might help someone else, please share it with them!


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