In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the so-called “golden month” is a term referring to the month after giving birth. This month is very important for the mother and the newborn to receive exceptional care. Most new mothers living in Western society desire to get back to their normal way of living ASAP. This usually means moving around, socializing and going outside much too quickly. Regardless, if the childbirth is caesarian or natural, women lose a huge amount of vital energy (qi) and blood after childbirth which depletes them. It is very important to replenish the qi and blood after the first few months after birth. Simple things like rest and eating warming and nourishing foods (such as leafy greens, beets, high quality meats, warm stew and soups especially chicken soup), keeping the feet warm by always wearing slippers or socks are actually merely required of the mother to help her fully recover. By keeping warm and avoiding to much cold, both in the environment and food, her body heals faster which can lead to important things such as a copious supply of breast milk for her baby.

The golden month is an opportunity for her to significantly strengthen her health to make her more resilient to illnesses (like eczema, allergies, etc.) and make her present illnesses heal quickly. Conversely, a woman who does not take good care of herself (or let other people take care of her during that delicate time of her life), will increase the chances of health issues arising in her body and mind.

One really major condition a woman may experience immediately after childbirth is postpartum depression in Miami. The good news, though, is that there are various ways o deal with this disease or help prevent it from arising. Based on the principles of TCM, depression can come about because of severe loss of blood during childbirth. The journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a recent study about the effectiveness of acupuncture to help treat depression in pregnant women and in women suffering from postpartum depression. Besides those, herbal supplements and acupuncture given for a few months after childbirth can help prevent and/or address postpartum blues and other postpartum issues such as breast milk supply, hemorrhoids, depression, discomfort and pain. You need to remember that simple things can be very important if you’re encountering heavy challenges in life. You need to consider consulting with a licensed acupuncturist in Miami or other licensed TCM practitioners if you want to overcome postpartum issues that are plaguing you. You can definitely perform a lot better when you’re healthy, happy and strong and ultimately that’s good news for you and your baby.

Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.