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BENEFITS OF POSTPARTUM BENGKUNG BELLY BINDING

BENEFITS OF POSTPARTUM – MALAYSIAN BENGKUNG BELLY BINDING

Ancient.Powerful.Healing.Art.

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Belly Binding is a sacred practice of wrapping the hips, belly and torso of postpartum women tightly with a long piece of fabric.  This practice is an ancient art and has been used by many cultures around the world spanning several generations.

The Malaysian form of belly binding originates with the Indonesian Bengkung culture while mainly being practiced in Southeast Asia. Binding the belly brings attention to the womb as it honors its role in supporting creation and the job it has fulfilled.

A special warming herbal paste is made fresh before being applied directly to the abdomen before wrapping. The wrap is typically worn for forty days. In our western society women are wrapped for three to five days and then it is their own personal choice to learn and continue the daily wrap. Essential oils may be used instead of herbs. Belly binding is powerfully healing!

Belly binding physically heals the body and emotionally honors the mother during the immediate postpartum period. Mamas that have had a vaginal birth can usually begin belly binding at day four as this allows the body to continue involution and establish bonding. Mamas who have had a cesarean section can begin at six weeks postpartum or when the incision has healed.

Benefits of Bengkung Belly Binding:  A Therapeutic Approach to Postpartum Care

  • Helps the body heal faster by assisting the uterus, pelvic organs and all other internal organs return to its pre-pregnancy size as it speeds the process by the constant pressure and tight support
  • Assists the abdominal walls to retract which helps prevent diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal wall)
  • Helps shrinks cells by getting rid of excess water retention and fat storage
  • Encourages body to expel blood naturally by lessening lochia and its duration
  • Helps prevent pubis symphysis diastasis by supporting the pelvic area and pelvic floor
  • Helps realign posture to it’s pre-pregnancy state while encouraging good posture
  • Helps prevent back pain
  • Lessens after birth pains
  • Improves circulation
  • Hormones are more easily balanced
  • Closes the pelvis and rib cage
  • Helps prevent the “empty” feeling after giving birth
  • Beneficial for a still-birth or miscarriage as it provides physical and emotional support
  • It provides a feeling of being safe and secure
  • It’s comforting
  • It feels awesome as it soothes the body, mind and soul!

COST FOR PROFESSIONAL POSTPARTUM BENGKUNG BELLY BINDING SERVICES:

Three Days: $250  |  Student Price: $200  |  Ages 19 and Under:  $125

Every morning or evening for three consecutive days and includes wrap, special warming paste or essential oils

Five Days:  $325  |  Student Price: $250  | Ages 19 and Under:  $162.50

Every morning or evening for five consecutive days and Includes wrap, special warming paste or essential oils

 

© Synergy Baby Doula, 2016  – Tooele, Utah

Happily providing services to women & their families for their own empowerment since 2012

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BENEFITS OF RED RASPBERRY LEAF TEA DURING PREGNANCY

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BENEFITS OF RED RASPBERRY LEAF TEA DURING PREGNANCY

Red raspberry leaf tea (RRLT) is beneficial before, during and after pregnancy. It is used as an anti-nausea remedy (not only in pregnancy); and it has helped to prevent severe hemorrhaging during labor and after childbirth. It may also help in relieving labor and after-pains. It even cleanses and enriches breast milk production! RRLT has many other non-pregnancy medicinal uses for both male and female, but will not be listed in this article.

Red raspberry leaf tea does not start labor or promote active labor contractions, because it is not an oxytocic herb or *emmenagogue for that matter. Therefore, it is a myth that red raspberry leaf tea causes preterm labor.

In fact, what it does is help strengthen and tone the pelvic and uterine muscles. It conditions it, so when active labor starts the muscles will be more efficient. It also may even help with preventing general uterine fatigue.

NUTRIENTS FOUND IN THE LEAF

Alpha-Carotene, Alpha-Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Boron, Calcium, Chromium, Manganese, Niacin, Pectin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Riboflavin, Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Malic Acid, Selenium, Silica, Thiamin, Zinc.

WHEN TO START RRLT?

Now!  It is best to start before pregnancy, but don’t sweat it and begin right away.

HOW TO PREPARE RRLT:

Add 1 heaping teaspoon of red raspberry leaves to each cup (8 oz) of hot steam-distilled water. Put water in pan, turn the stove on high and bring it to a boil usually 10 minutes. Pour the boiling water over the herbs and then steep 15 – 20 minutes, strain and drink three cups/day. Enjoy!

TIP:

Have you always wanted to start your own organic garden? Plant a red raspberry plant! They grow great here in Utah. Every year after your red raspberry bushes have been harvested, cut off the leaves and lay them out to dry (a flat surface is fine). You might even get some dried berries making the tea a pinkish red color. After the leaves are completely dried out, crush with your hands and place them in a tightly sealed container of your choice. You’ll have natural red raspberry leaf tea at your convenience. Now, how easy is that?

Alda Mills, AAHCC, CD

Childbirth Educator & Doula

(C) Synergy Baby Doula❤️ 2013-2017

http://www.synergybabydoula.com

 

*any agent that promotes menstrual discharge

Reference: Herbal Home Health Care – Dr. John R. Christopher