The Fourth Trimester
A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality.
Health & Wellness - Postpartum Healing.
A holistic, practical guide to help support women through post-partum healing on the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual levels.
Pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum offer women some of the most emotionally enriching and satisfying experiences of their life. But many women entering motherhood are shocked at their lack of preparation or awareness about what that actually means for their bodies, minds, spirits, and relationships. Kimberly Johnson, a doula, post-partum recovery expert, and yoga instructor has created a wise and supportive illustrated guide that offers women a roadmap to this very important transition that can last a few months--or even a few years. She draws from her vast professional experience, as well as her own personal experience, and also a number of disciplines including Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, yoga, herbal medicine, energetics, and traditional (folk) remedies, among others, to create a truly rich and holistic guide.
The book offers advice for pregnant women on how to prepare their body for birth; how to organize themselves and their households for the best possible transition to motherhood; simple practices to facilitate healing and restore energy; and how to strengthen relationships and aid the return to sex. Johnson also explores the complex and often conflicting emotions that arise post-partum, and explores the profound nature of childbirth and new motherhood. She helps women contextualize their experience and tap into the spiritual opportunities it can provide.
When should you read this book
Ideally read this mid pregnancy, though still perfectly fine to read post birth. You will find lots of strategies for healing and strengthening for any point after childbirth.
“Reading The Fourth Trimester from the cocoon of my own fourth trimester with my second son, I feel mothered in the deepest sense. Both gentle and firm, poetic and precise, this book is gifting me the understanding necessary to be fully reverent to the miracle I am living. Feasting on both the practical tools and expansive perspectives that come from one who has lived this path earnestly herself, I move through these precious days with my new baby in kindness and awe. I truly wish every mom-to-be can be blessed with the wisdom contained in this book!”
Kimberly Ann Johnson.
Kimberly Ann Johnson works at the intersection of sex, birth, motherhood, and trauma. She's a birth doula, a certified sexological bodyworker, and a somatic experiencing practitioner. She began in bodywork as a yoga instructor, and after a difficult experience with healing from her own birth, she began the journey to become the kind of professional expert and support person she so desperately needed. Johnson teaches in person and online classes and sees clients one-on-one for bodywork.
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