Many people growing babies want nothing more than to give their child the best start in life. This can start at any time. Pre-conception, throughout pregnancy, and post-partum are all ideal times that we can benefit from our plant allies.
There are plants which are nourishing to the body, providing an influx of nutrients. One strong example is stinging nettle, which provides a high number of vitamins and minerals, including iron and vitamin K. Vitamin K helps to clot the blood, an important factor in the immediate post-partum period.
Raspberry leaf can aid the uterus in doing its work, and therefore has been traditionally recommended in the time leading up to childbirth and in the immediate post-partum. Raspberry leaf can increase contraction strength, providing for a more efficient labour and in the post-partum period.
There are some herbs that lend themselves particularly well to post-partum recovery. Calendula can be used as an anti-inflammatory, especially in combination with soothing chamomile. Comfrey also increases new cell growth, particularly useful for regrowth of damaged tissues after birth. Each of these herbs can be drunk as a tea or used in a sitz bath blend.
Keep an eye on the garden shop to see some of these herbs & blends becoming available!
*This is not intended as medical advice and a medicinal practitioner should always be consulted regarding use of herbs during pregnancy and lactation.