If you’re expecting, congratulations! The body’s ability to create a tiny little person is incredible. And although deemed a miracle, labor and delivery can definitely take a toll on the body, which is why it’s so important to care for yourself after giving birth. We don’t mean taking the average, boring steps. Nope! We’re talking health trends that include organs, hip baths, and pantry items. Hesitant? Don’t worry—just keep reading.
Eating your (wait for it) placenta
A large majority of women, including celeb moms January Jones, Alicia Silverstone, and Mayim Bialik, consume their placenta after giving birth to reap numerous health benefits. Don’t back away just yet. Think of the placenta as the ultimate powerhouse, complete with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that helped a peanut-sized fetus grow into a healthy human. And for new mothers, the placenta can protect against postpartum depression, help you maintain high energy levels, and boost milk production. Now, if you’re becoming tempted but not sure how to go about it, we have some tips. Women either cook the placenta themselves (with proper cleaning strategies in place), have it made into a placenta pill by a specialist, or blend pieces with mixed fruits and juices as a smoothie. Note: not that we assume you would, but for precautionary measures, only eat your own placenta and no one else’s (since there’s a risk of disease).
Drawing an herbal sitz bath
During the days and weeks after giving birth (which is known as the postpartum period), your body will change as it goes back to normal. That’s when an herbal sitz bath can help. It’s a small tub that fits over your toilet, allowing you to sit in warm water up to your hips. Not only does it help speed up your body’s natural healing process, but it soothes soreness, heals hemorrhoids, and prevents infection. Interested? On a daily basis, fill the sitz bath 3/4 of the way with warm water, then add the ingredients of your choice and soak for about 20 minutes. Parenting.com offers a recipe that consists of 1/2 cup of Epsom salt, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of witch hazel, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 8 drops of lavender essential oil, and 8 drops of chamomile essential oil. If you’re not comfortable with a sitz bath, take a regular bath instead—just double the recipe!
Putting edible items on stretch marks
Beyond the more common solutions for stretch marks, including cocoa butter and tretinoin cream, there happens to be several all-natural ways to reduce unwanted streaks and stripes caused during pregnancy. And they can be found right in your kitchen or garden. For example, egg whites are a rich source of protein that can help rejuvenate the skin while lemon juice uses its acidic powers to heal and reduce stretch marks. Just let the juice soak into your skin, then rinse it off with cold water. Another trend is potato juice—yes, potato juice. Simply grab a medium-sized potato and cut it into two halves, taking one piece and rubbing it onto your stretch marks. Then allow its juices to soak into your skin for a few minutes and wash it off with cold water.
Use these trends to heal yourself so that you can concentrate on feeding, loving, and taking care of your newborn. And if you know of any eye-opening, head-scratching practices for new moms, we at HealingRadius encourage you to share them in the comment section below!
Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.