Old Fashioned Postpartum Remedy

A couple of months ago, we had our first child! The joy of finally meeting the bright little face that had been in obscurity for so long fails of finding words to describe. Still months later, we are enjoying every blessed minute of this precious little life. But this has got me to thinking that we have lost so much of the 'hand-me-down' knowledge from our Grandma's. So I decided to share with you an old fashioned postpartum remedy that I've been using.

You see, labor and delivery was a little difficult. It went very well until full dilation when our little one decided to place his fist next to his face which threw a monkey wrench into the whole delivery process. When all was said and done, our little one came out, still clutching his fist next to his face, a healthy, happy boy. But it tore me up and broke my tailbone in the process, leaving me with a lot of healing to do.

What I did...

The first thing that we did was numerous comfrey/herbal sitz baths. Almost immediately, we started seeing dramatic improvement.

The first variation we started with was simple warm herbal baths, and then after a few weeks started doing a contrast between hot and cold. Yes, it was rather... um... shall we say - exciting - getting into that cold water! But after giving birth, hey! Cold wasn't so bad after all! Actually, after the nice hot water, the cold felt pretty good.

The contrast sitz bath is a simple treatment that our Grandma's used to use to provide relief in the abdomino-pelvic cavity during that lovely postpartum phase. Using two large tubs side by side, they would create a hammock-like seat by using a bed sheet and tying it through the handles. The results must be experienced to be fully appreciated!

Here's The Basic Idea Behind This Old-Fashioned Remedy

The contrast between the hot and cold tends to increase the circulation to the abdomino-pelvic area, which in turn aids the body in the healing process.  Cold water contracts the muscles and drives blood out of the area. Hot water will relax the muscles, drawing new blood into the area, which brings a fresh supply of nutrients and promoting healing.

This contrast can directly impact the bladder, pelvic organs, rectum, and other associated tissues. And just as an FYI, the contrast between the hot and cold stimulates the bowel (especially nice if you are dealing with constipation) and relieves congestion in the abdominal area.

Here's just a quick list of things that old timers used this remedy for:
• Constipation
• Inflammatory conditions of the pelvic viscera
• Bed wetting
• Pelvic cramps
• Sciatica
• Femoral or Inguinal hernia
• Urinary Tract Infections
• Hemorrhoids
• Prostate problems

Just As A Word Of Caution:

If you decide to try this at home, you need to be certain it will be safe in your situation. If you had a lot of bleeding during delivery or are currently hemorrhaging DO NOT try this. It will increase blood flow in your body and can be very dangerous.  As always, it is recommended to consult with a medical professional first.

Here's What We Used

-2 large tubs (like this one on Amazon)
-1 twin sized sheet
-2-3 large towels
-Floor mat (or we just used the large towels spread under the buckets to catch the water)
-Pitcher of hot water
-Pitcher of ice

Step by step on how we did the treatment:

• Place the two large tubs next to each other. Tie the sheet in a knot in the near handle, drape it through the tub and loop it through the adjoining handles of the two tubs. Drape remainder of the sheet in the second tub and tie a knot in the handle of the far tub (refer to DVD for more info).
• Fill one tub with warm (105°F) water and the other tub with cold water (something that you'll be able to tolerate!).
• Place a towel as a “bath mat” on the floor in front of the tubs.
• Pray with patient before beginning treatment.
• Have patient sit in the warm water for 3-5 minutes.
• Move patient quickly to the cold tub for 30 seconds (you'll probably have to help them up out of the water!!).
• Repeat exchange 3-5 times.
• Add hot water to the warm tub while patient is sitting in the cold; add ice to the cold while patient is sitting in the hot water.
• End treatment with 30 seconds in the cold tub; have patient dry off thoroughly, dress warmly, and rest.

If you wish to watch a video demonstration of this treatment, you can purchase the DVD
and manual which contains all the information in this post and more from our website.
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Lisa Meissner

I'm a blessed wife, a proud mother, and a happy homesteader.