- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: SHAMBHALA - TRADE (2 January 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611804000
- ISBN-13: 978-1611804003
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.1 x 22.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 567 g
- Customer Reviews: 268 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality Paperback – 2 January 2018
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"While there are a plethora of books about pregnancy and delivery, few discuss self-care after the baby is born. Johnson, cofounder of the STREAM School for Postpartum Care, aims to fill that gap with this comprehensive guide to a transitional time. Using a holistic perspective, Johnson addresses everything from preparing one's body for birth to rebuilding and healing afterward."--Library Journal "After giving birth, many women devote every ounce of energy in their tank to taking care of their newborn -- which is more than understandable. But delivery puts a huge strain on your body, and healing is paramount. The Fourth Trimester encourages new moms to take time for themselves post-pregnancy, and tangibly shows you how to do so."--Woman's Day
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A holistic guide to support women through postpartum healing.
The Postpartum Revolution
If you have a baby, you will experience the postpartum period. It is a stage of life—a wonderfully and mystifyingly transformative period in a new mother’s life that doesn’t have to lead to depression. While the landscape may seem grim, the good news is that cultures all over the world have a roadmap for supporting women through this transition, and it’s pretty simple.
A Postpartum Sanctuary Plan
Just as your birth plan allows you to think through and communicate your ideal birth, a postpartum sanctuary plan is an excellent way to anticipate and plan for the support you will need to have the smoothest sacred window possible.
Rebuilding Your Body
The recovery period is different for every woman and can be influenced by factors as concrete as how long your gestation was, how long your labor was, what happened during the birth, how many pregnancies you have experienced (including miscarriages and abortions), how much sleep you are getting, and factors as seemingly unrelated as how nurtured you feel, how supportive your partner is if you have one, and when you have to go back to work.
Owning Your Birth Experience
Most of us think of birth as a rite of passage, and it is, but what we don’t realize is that birth is just one of many rites of passage that make up the process of becoming a mother. And to understand our postpartum experience, we also have to understand our birthing experience. For many of us, that means reclaiming our place as the protagonist in our own narrative.
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I found the dietary section to be underwritten, and recipes based on expensive ingredients that aren't easy to come by, whilst also not being backed by a nutritionist or commenting on protein/carb/fat intake for optimum nutritional information. I just felt the book was not realistic and didn't offer a balanced view on recommended therapies and, if followed religiously, could actually cause harm rather than good. Really not for me.
This knowledge is everything we lack and desperately need in our current medicalised system and the saddest part of it all is that is the majority of women aren't even aware of that fact.
I would gift this book to any mother or mother to be and hope to one day give to my own daughter.
May be of use in later pregnancy or shortly after birth (if you have the time to read it!) perhaps a recommendation for the fathers/men to read to know how they can support new mums.
Aided me alot kept reffering to it
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The author really delves into the many challenges a woman might face in the recovery process after birth. Challenges I am now facing due to some unexpected complications with my birth experience, as well as the journey of integrating the new version of myself and my baby's physical existence in the outside world into my life moving forward. I am far more patient with myself, and able to take things slowly without becoming frustrated or depressed. I really expected to drop back into my normal life with a new little buddy, including easing into my yoga routine, hiking and climbing. But my body won't allow it immediately. And that temporary limitation might have been pretty debilitating if it hadn't of been for the shift in mindset thanks to Kimberly's wealth of knowledge and perspective. And she discusses ways to help yourself, where to look for help outside of just yourself, and how to connect with what you need. And just generally learning how to honour the whole process of bringing life into this world, which includes the period of time following the actual arrival of your child into the world!
Can't recommend enough! Every new mom should read this and every professional involved in after birth care should have this book in their arsenal of knowledge. Amazing.
I’m so angry that this author is putting these thoughts in people’s heads at such a vulnerable time. Totally irresponsible.