October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It is a national day of remembrance for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. Parents are encouraged to light a candle at 7pm this evening in honor of their child.
A mother who suffers a loss during pregnancy or at birth will still go through all of the normal postpartum hormonal transitions, but also be dealing with a profound sense of grief. Taking care of herself physically becomes very important, but can also be more difficult for her from an emotional standpoint. If a mother suffers a loss and is able to keep the placenta, she should definitely use it for this difficult transition period. It contains what her body needs to physically recover.
If the mother can not have the placenta, there are a couple of hormone balancing blends that I recommend for postpartum. One is Balance – it’s a tincture (liquid) that gently balances the hormones, and can be taken daily. The other blend is Restore – this comes in capsule form and works in a different way. It is a slightly different herbal blend, so it is “stronger”. It does have some herbs that would be contraindicated if you do get pregnant or are breastfeeding, so you would want to use Balance at that point.
Unfortunately, there are no herbs for a broken heart. Only time and love can heal that pain. All of us, even those of us blessed enough not to experience a loss like this, should take a moment today to remember that each life is a precious gift.