||The author (a midwife, herbalist, and mother of four), offers mothers advice on how to adapt to parenthood. Reflecting on how becoming a parent changes almost everything in a woman's life, from her body to work arrangements to personal relationships, the author stresses that mothers must take the time to care for themselves--and that by doing so they will be better able to care for their children. Topics covered include postnatal yoga exercises, nutrition for mothers, maternity and paternity leave, getting around with a baby, and dealing with postpartum depression. Also discussed are such infant-centric topics as signs of illness in a newborn, teething, and infant massage.
||Matrescence is a term coined by anthropologist Dana Raphael in her book THE TENDER GIFT: BREASTFEADING to describe the process of becoming a mother, compared to adolescence, the process of becoming an adult. Matrescence begins in earnest when we become pregnant, and continues until the day arrives when we realize we finally fell like a mom, steady on our feet after the roller coaster of emotions and demands of those first months after birth.
||Provides essential advice for adjusting to the many challenges facing women during the first year after giving birth.|* Offers practical tips for finding balance between being fully immersed in the beautiful but demanding path of motherhood and maintaining a sense of self.|* Provides helpful herbal tips and recipes and includes gentle yoga exercises.|* Addresses a new mother's need to replenish her body, mind, and spirit so that she can nurture her child.|* By the author of The Natural Pregnancy Book and Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide.|New mothers need care and support to adjust to the myriad challenges facing them after birth: changing body image, lifestyle, work arrangements, and relationships. Midwife, herbalist, and mother of four, Aviva Jill Romm shares her insights into how to make this crucial time a happy one. She provides essential advice for preparing for the postpartum period, coping during the first few days after the birth, establishing a successful breast-feeding relationship, getting enough rest, eating well even with a hectic schedule, and finding time to regain strength and tone with gentle yoga exercises. Woven throughout are helpful herbal tips and recipes to make the first year of motherhood a naturally healthy one.|Natural Health after Birth also addresses a new mother's need to replenish her body, mind, and spirit so that she can nurture her child. This book provides support both for women who plan to be home full or part time during the first year and those who must return to their jobs soon after the birth. With humor and compassion, Romm offers mothers practical wisdom for attaining the delicate balance between being fully immersed in the beautiful but demanding path of motherhood and maintaining a sense of self.