The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality (Paperback)
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A guide to help support women through post-partum healing on the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual levels. This holistic guide offers practical advice to support women through postpartum healing on the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual levels--and provides women with a roadmap to this very important transition that can last from a few months to a few years. Kimberly Ann Johnson draws from her vast professional experience as a doula, postpartum consultant, yoga teacher, body worker, and women's health care advocate, and from the healing traditions of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and herbalism--as well as her own personal experience--to cover - how you can prepare your body for birth; - how you can organize yourself and your household for the best possible transition to motherhood; - simple practices and home remedies to facilitate healing and restore energy; - how to strengthen relationships and aid the return to sex; - learning to exercise safely postpartum; - carrying your baby with comfort; - exploring the complex and often conflicting emotions that arise postpartum; - and much more.
About the Author
Kimberly Johnson is a birth doula, certified Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, postpartum care advocate, and single mom. She is the co-founder of the STREAM School for Postpartum Care, where she trains birth professionals, bodyworkers, and somatic therapists to help women with prolapse, incontinence, painful sex, and other pelvic floor and gynecological issues. Kimberly graduated valedictorian in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. A longtime yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer, and Structural Integration practitioner, she was unexpectedly rearranged in body, mind, and spirit when she sustained an injury during childbirth. Determined not to get full pelvic floor reconstructive surgery, she traveled the world learning about postpartum practices, healed herself holistically, and now helps other women do the same. She has private practices in Encinitas and Los Angeles, CA, specializing in helping women prepare for birth, recover from birth injuries and birth trauma, and access their full sexual expression. Her most outstanding accomplishment is being a single mom to her fiery ten-year-old half-Brazilian daughter, Cecilia. You can find her online at http: //www.MagaMama.com.