This week, in our birth series, we’re delving into the topic of postpartum nourishment with a discussion of recovery nutrition.
The idea of setting aside several weeks or more for postpartum recovery has been standard practice worldwide for many thousands of years. An Ayurvedic text dating back to 400 BCE states that “a new mother should be treated with massage, warm baths, a specific diet and herbal drinks that prevent infection and promote vitality”.
Some cultures believe that if women are neglected during the postpartum period, the adverse effects can remain into her menopausal years and beyond.
From a logical perspective, it’s clear that there are significant shifts going on during this period, however far too many of us underestimate the impact of these changes on the new mother and consequently, our expectations during this time are often mismatched.
All women in the postpartum period are effectively healing many...