AYURVEDA FOR HEALTHY MOTHERHOOD
The first three months following delivery is very crucial for the mother. It is
during this period that the expanded uterus shrinks back to its normal position;
and the ligaments, muscles and tendons associated with the uterus start regaining
strength. This is also the phase where the mother regains her mental strength.
According to Ayurveda, the woman’s body is depleted immediately after childbirth.
Due to a vata imbalance, the digestive system becomes weak. This could be further
aggravated by improper eating habits and lack of adequate sleep. Apart from bringing
energy levels and doshas back into balance, new mothers also need to eat the right
food for proper breastfeeding.
Even after delivery, the mother experiences various physical changes that form part
of the recovery process. There are after-birth pains when the uterus contracts and
shrinks, generally lasting a few days. Spotting or bleeding (lochia) that is similar
to menstrual periods
may last for up to 2 to 6 weeks, maybe longer.
Here are some tips that might help you deal with post-delivery stress.
1.Massaging the body with oil daily is good both for the mother and baby. It helps
restore lost energy in the mother and strengthens the baby, while nourishing the
skin as well.
2. Food cooked in ghee helps restore energy and strengthen body tissues.
3. Simple and easy-to-digest foods such as soups, stews, porridges, rice and lentils
are recommended for new mothers. As the baby has to digest breastfed milk, food
taken by the mother should be simple.
4. Drinking fluids is essential to recuperation, especially water. Fennel seeds
are known to help breast milk production. Boiling a table spoon of fennel seeds
in 2 litres of water every morning and using it as restorative drink through the
day is a recommended practice.
5. Adequate rest is extremely important for recovery. Traditionally, it is believed
that a woman takes 40 days to recover fully after delivery.
6. Dairy products help in producing breast milk and bringing balance to the body.
7. Turmeric added to food is known to have healing properties.
8. Ginger is considered very good for the body post labour. Including ginger in
food, soups and tea is a beneficial practice.
9. Avoiding foods that are too spicy is recommended, especially while breastfeeding.
10. Nuts help in nourishing the body and producing breast milk.
11. Dried fruits contain iron and are good for women during the breast feeding phase.
Recouping with Ayurveda
Dashmularishta alleviates general weakness in women, improves appetite, gives stamina,
relieves abdominal pain and provides a glow. Dashmularishta is composed of ingredients
such as dashmula bilva (Aegle marmelos), shayonaka (Oroxylum indicum), gambhari
(Gmelina arborea), patala (Stereospermum suaveolens), agnimantha (Premna integrifolia),
shalaprani (Desmodium gangeticum), prishniparni (Uraria picta), brihati (Solanum
indicum), kantakari (Solanum surattense), gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)], pushkara
(Inula racemosa), amalaki (Emblica officinalis), yashti (Glycyrrhiza glabra), rasna
(Pluchea lanceolata), pippali (Piper longum), puga (Areca catechu), haridra (Curcuma
longa), draksha (Vitis vinifera), shveta chandana (Santalum album), lavanga (Syzygium
aromaticum), nagakesara (Mesua ferrea), dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa), tvak (Cinnamomum
zeylanicum), sukshmaila (Elettaria cardamomum), tvakpatra (Cinnamomum tamala) and
Mensta, which contains ashok chaal (Saraca indica), dhataki pushp (Woodfordia fruticosa),
nishoth (Ipomoea turpethum), kalaunji (Nigella sativa) , ajwain (Tachyspermum ammi),
shunthi (Zingiber officinale), amla (Emblica officinalis), bahera (Terminalia belerica),
hareetaki (Terminalia chebula), mustak (Cyprus rotundus), safed jeera (Cuminum cyminum),
vasaka (Adhatoda vasica), pippali (piper longum), ghrit kumari (aloe vera), daruharidra
(bereberis aristata), red chandan (Pterocarpus santalinus), amrasthi (Mangifera
indica), hing (Ferula asafetida) and madhu (Honey), is useful to relieve symptoms
of leucoria and other menstrual problems.
Lovasava & ablari are recommended for many
menstrual disorders. Ablari contains known Indian medicinal ingredients
such as ashoka and valerian which are noted for their benefits to the uterus. It
stimulates the endometrium and the ovary, and is indicated in menorrhagia, metrorrhagia,
post-partum hemorrhage, dysmenorhoea and primary amenorrhoea. It is recommended
in PCOD and weakness associated to heavy bleeding.
For low haemoglobin levels, Lohasava 4 TSF with 4TSF of water can be taken twice
and heavy menstruation: A composition with ingredients like – shodhita loha
(purified, herbal processed iron), ginger, black pepper (Piper nigrum), long pepper
(Piper longum), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), vibhitaki (Terminalia bellierica),
amla (Indian gooseberry), yavani (Trachyspermum ammi), vidanga (Embelia ribes),
mustaka (Cyperus rotundus), eranda (Ricinus communis), dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa),
honey and jaggery – is useful to rebuild haemoglobin levels. Dashamula, known to
be a vata shamak, helps reduce abdominal pain. Ashok chaal, also called shree mitra,
along with dhataki pushp, ghrit kumari, hareetaki and daruharidra are very helpful
during heavy menses.
Supari pak, composed of pooga, dugdh, ghrit, sharkara, mustaka, nnagakesher, chandan,
shunthi, maricha, pippali and jatipatra, helps treat general weakness in women.