Junior N’Shei of Crown Heights:
Everyone knows that the journey of motherhood is a rollercoaster. There are the amazing breathtaking highs of love laughter and excitement and the lows of little sleep, discipline struggles and temper tantrums. Not many people realize that the rollercoaster begins far earlier than birth. Hashem created the body with abundance wisdom to enable it to perform its many functions.
Throughout the miraculous process of pregnancy of birth we shine the light on a very important, but not often discussed, tool of the human body: hormones. During pregnancy and postpartum a woman’s hormones go through a roller coaster of ups and downs, dancing a delicate balancing act to produce the necessary environment to nourish a healthy baby and after birth to return the body to its original state. Mood swings, emotional highs and lows, fear and anxiety are common throughout pregnancy and after birth.
What are hormones and what do they accomplish? How do hormones affect one’s mood? What feelings are considered normal? How does one recognize the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression? What can a woman do to get off the rollercoaster and be in control? What natural options are available?
On Monday, January 8, 21 Teves, Junior N’Shei will be hosting their annual postpartum care event.
Part one of two will feature well-known Sara Chana Silverstein who will address all these questions and more. Master herbalist, classical homeopath, board-certified lactation consultant, doula and recent author of the book Moodtopia, Sara Chana’s dedicated program teaches women to harness the power of aromatherapy, color therapy, diet, and other mood-enhancing tools to lead to optimal emotional and mental wellness.
She will teach techniques to recognize your moods, accept them and respond in a positive way. There’s enough rollercoasters in life already, this is one coaster you don’t have to ride; just follow directions to the exit sign.