Keeping in close contact with the mother postpartum is very important, especially for the first 3 months.
New mothers can become fatigued and stressed out after an event as big as giving birth, just when they are also facing the challenge of caring for an infant! This is particularly true with new mothers who are doing all of this for the very first time. But if she has family and friends caring for her and showing her patience and love, she will have more energy and joy to give to her new child instead of feeling tired and sad. Postpartum depression is no secret, especially in modern day society. But using Ayurveda it’s possible to avoid it altogether!
The first three months after delivery are particularly important for a mother. Her body will be changing drastically again as her uterus shrinks back, her muscles, ligaments and tendons will begin to gain strength again and her mind and emotions will be adjusting to being a mother. The more nourishment and rejuvenation she does during the first three months, the stronger and healthier she will be for the rest of her life.
Bringing Vata Dosha back into balance will be the main focus, similar to during pregnancy. Vata governs the actual process of giving birth so with such an increase in the Dosha the mother’s digestion and immunity will be weak after delivery. The following sections will give specific recommendations for each category concerning postpartum care for the mother.
After giving birth, the new mother’s digestion is going to be weak. Because of this, it’s imperative that…
Postpartum, preparation gives way to rejuvenation. If the rejuvenation of the new mother is not thorough in the first eight weeks, the exhaustion and stress are just the precursors to all kinds of diseases.
Now on to the next most important aspect of postpartum care – the mother’s immediate environment.
Rest & Exercise
Supportive Herbal Remedies
Ayurveda has specific recommendations depending on the mother’s unique state of imbalance. The following products are only general suggestions for most mothers.
Prescribing Ayurvedic practices and remedies for women postpartum should be done with much thought into her location, the time of year and her unique constitution and current state of balance/imbalance. Ayurveda takes all of these factors into account. Remember that like attracts like and opposite brings balance. If the new mother is in a cold climate, emphasize remedies and practices that are warming and grounding. If she is in a hot or warm climate, recommend things that are lighter and cooler though still nourishing. Happy Healing with Ayurveda!
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Contributing Source & Editor: Dr. JV Hebbar
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It’s Vata Dosha season, the Dosha of air and space! According to the Ayurvedic calendar, fall is when these elements increase in our environment. You can see it all around you - cold wind, dryness, cracking leaves. These elements also increase in our minds and bodies just like they do in nature and they can cause a wide variety of health problems.
Here are a few practical Ayurvedic practices to settle Vata into balance as well as more information on what Vata looks like when it manifests as sickness.