Traditionally, the first 40 days postpartum mothers are completely taken care of by the family, so she can rest, recover and bond with baby.
Barbara Loomis already wrote the perfect blog about steaming with detailed instructions on how and when to do them, herb choice and preparation. Rather than rewrite it, I'll share her link alignmentmonkey.nurturance.net/2012/vaginal-steams/
Below I've shared information about different stool choices and prices.
1. $325 Ecofriendly, foldable for easy storage, comfortable. Designed by, Marcia Lopez of Women's True Healing. Purchase it a thesteamingstool.com
2. $89.00 This stool is technically for doing inversions (head stands), and has an extra pad to cover the opening and use as a regular stool. I think it's perfect and very comfortable for doing pelvic steams. Also, I highly recommend inversions for women with prolapsed pelvic floor organs, tilted uterus and digestive problems. The amazon link is at the bottom of this blog
3. $40 Amazon sells a foldable camping toilet that looks just like a steaming stool. The amazon link is at the bottom of this blog
4. $0/ free Option 1: Get 2 chairs and bring them together, leaving an open space. You can sit with one glute/ cheek on each chair and a pot directly under you.. Option 2: get a used wooden chair or stool and cut out a hole on the seat. Option 3: You can also just slide your hips to the very front of the stool. Your sits bones (ischial tuberosicties) will be on the chair but your groin will be in mid air.
Ive used cloth, washable pads since I first learned about them in 2007. Besides being better for the environment and money saving, they are more comfortable and absorbent than disposables. Disposable pads/ tampons contain very toxic chemicals and if you are trying to become healthier, especially reduce toxins in your body, you need to stop using them. If you can’t do washables, you can choose to either buy organic cotton disposable pad and tampons, but they aren’t cheap.
Gladrags is an online store that sells washable pads and menstrual cups. I’ve recommended them to clients since 2008. The website answers all your questions about sizes , how to use and how to wash and care. Check out their website here: https://gladrags.com/?aff=33
if you would rather use organic disposable pads and tampons, I recommend Natracare. There link to purchase them on amazon below.
When the ligaments of the uterus become overstretched,, the uterus drops lower than it ideally should be and is called a prolapsed uterus. There are 4 stages of prolapse. Common symptoms are incontinence, painfu/ uncomfortable sex, heavyness in the pelvis or inability to have sex. ,
In the images below, the bottom Left is a uterus at stage zero, where it should be. The bottom right is a uterus at stage 4, so low it falls through and partially hangs out the vagina. The top 2 images show the stages of prolapse.
The prolapsed uterus may also tip back and rest on the rectum, this would cause constipation or discomfort with sex. It may also tip too far forward and apply pressure to the bladder and cause frequent urination.
Massage to lift the uterus helps with these symptoms, but may be temporary if the prolapse is stage 3/4. You should practice self massage and specific exercises to help take strain of the ligaments of theuterus. This could help the ligaments shorten a bit. I teach clients to use inversions, massage their uterus while inverted, and how to use other tools to help lift it.
It’s important to have 3 daily well formed bowel movements for optimal health. It’s one of the ways your body releases metabolic waste and environmental toxins like pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.
If your body cannot release toxins, they build up in your body and can cause bad odor (breath, feet, stinky sweat), be stored in fat and cause you to stay fat, be stored in organs (and cause dysfunction or disease), or you expel through skin (eczema or psoriasis), and decrease fertility. The large intestine surrounds the uterus and waste can be absorbed by the uterus.
Make sure you are drinking enough water, or you can become dehydrated
If you are really constipated follow steps 1 and 2.
Step 1: Take a laxative to clear out your large intestine. The large intestine is the part of the digestive system where poop is formed. Laxatives that clear the large intestine are: Cascara sagrada, senna or a laxative called vitalitycapsuls.com which is extremely effective.
About a week later Step 2: Drink one tablespoon of castor oil (non-gmo, hexane-free or organic) in the evening. Sometimes you need to do this 3 days in a row to get a reaction. Castor oil clears out the small intestine. It’s recommended to clean out the small intestine every 3 months for optimal health. There are also Chinese herbs for clearing the small intestine. Never take castor oil when you are pregnant
Things you can do on a regular basis to maintain regularity
Castor oil packs are a staple in natural fertility enhancement. They were recommended by Edgar Cayce for healing many ailments. For enhanced fertility, the pack can be placed over the uterus or over the liver. It helps prevent and heal endometriosis, fibroids, polyps, cysts, balance hormones and enhance fertility.
Warning: castor oil is thick and stains cloths. It's not cant be washed off.
Do not do a castor oil pack when
When to do castor oil packs
I am a Certified Massage Therapist, Arvigo Practitioner and (almost certified) Aromatherapist. I use this blog to share information about natural and organic health and beauty.