Delivery itself is a major life event for the entire family. For mother and child, immense pain is naturally involved. Giving birth activates large amounts of the primary pain-modulating neuropeptide called substance P. It is critically important for the first two weeks after delivery, for both mother and child, to recover from excessive substance P activation. And it is vitally important over the next six months that the inherent demands of a new child do not drain you so much that substance P issues result in a poor mood that interferes with the joyous miracle of motherhood.
Not managing substance P activation properly is the primary cause of mood disruption following delivery. Once in motion, substance P problems are self-reinforcing, meaning that problems can just get worse. Understanding what is happening as well as having steps to take that can solve the problem are great tools for keeping everyone in the family on track. Nutritional solutions stand at the forefront of safe and effective means to help both mother and child.
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I am a proponent of drug-free natural child birth whenever possible as well as breastfeeding your child for the first two years of life (with solid food being gradually introduced by six months). Most baby formulas are problematic for one reason or another, especially their poor quality of iron which can fuel indigestion and the growth of hostile bacteria and Candida Albicans, resulting in a myriad of unnecessary health problems including ear infections and poor cognitive development. I understand that the ideal situation is not always medically possible, but I don't consider C-Sections or not nursing your child based on convenience to be healthy choices for anyone. If you are going to have children make it the priority in your lives. It pays to understand what to do when bumps are encountered along the way, as effective solutions can save a lifetime of distress.
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