Postnatal Care at Home With Ayurveda: Everything You Need to Know!
Post Natal Care with Ayurveda General Health/Immunity
Postnatal Care at Home With Ayurveda: Everything You Need to Know!
DECEMBER 8, 2022

Pave Your Way to Recovery with These Postnatal Care Tips

Transitioning into motherhood is a life-altering experience for every woman, especially if it’s their first child.

However, we can’t overlook that becoming a mother can be challenging. It comes with various health complications and hormonal imbalances. Plus, their bodies change altogether. Navigating these changes all at once can be trying for a mother.

This blog post is for you if you are a new mother or have someone who has just had a baby in their life.

We will discuss postnatal home care from Ayurveda’s perspective and how certain herbs and medicines can get the mother and child off to a great start.

But before that, let’s discuss one of the most critical aspects of postnatal care: Diet.

Why is diet important?

Childbirth is not only draining, but also leads to elevated Vata dosha. As a result, the mother may experience digestive issues, such as acidity, bloating, indigestion, etc.

Therefore, eating simple foods that do not strain your digestive system or aggravate the Vata dosha further is recommended.

Also Read: How to Balance Vata Dosha

Here are a few dietary recommendations to curb the after-effects of labor.

  • Low-Fat Dairy Products
  • Legumes
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • Leafy Greens
  • Brown Rice
  • Whole-Wheat Bread
  • Fiber-rich foods to ease constipation

As your digestive system gains strength and your appetite grow, you can resume your regular diet and gradually introduce complex foods into your meals.

Herbs and Medicines

Certain Ayurvedic herbs and medicines with therapeutic properties can help new mothers regain their strength and get their digestive health back on track. Here are a few recommendations based on years of research and ancient Ayurveda texts.

1. Indian Ginseng Root

Post Natal Care with Ginseng Root

Of all the varieties of Ginseng Root, Indian Ginseng is safe and beneficial for women in postnatal care. It’s a restorative herb that can help regain strength and relieve stress. After childbirth, drinking ginseng tea can replenish your energy reserves and help you recover from burnout.

2. Holy Basil

Benefits of Holy Basil during Past natal

Childbirth can be an emotionally overwhelming experience for the mother, primarily because of hormonal changes. And it's challenging to cope with the slew of emotions, leading to mental exhaustion and anxiety.

Holy basil can be used as a mood booster during these trying times. When taken with warm water, holy basil can lift the spirits and keep the mother from falling into a downward spiral of anxiety and mood swings. Since it’s a natural galactagogue, it is suitable for lactating mothers in the correct dosage and duration.

3. Fenugreek

Postnatal care with Fenugreek

Fenugreek is an excellent galactagogue that helps induce milk production in lactating mothers. It is a highly recommended herb for new mothers struggling with low milk production. Taking it with warm water or as tea can boost the milk supply.

You should consider having fenugreek tea if you want to return to work and ensure enough breastmilk is in stock to feed your child for the entire day. It is also beneficial for mothers who are tandem nursing or those who may experience a temporary dip in their milk supply.

4. Moringa

Benefits of Moringa leaves for Breastfeeding & Postpartum Care

Women experiencing postpartum complications can benefit from taking moringa leaves or powder in lattes, smoothies, or soups. Moringa is a rich source of flavonoids and isothiocyanates, exhibiting excellent anti-inflammatory properties. It s like paracetamol, except that it’s natural. Taking Moringa can also fulfill the deficiency of protein, vitamins A, B, and C, and essential minerals like zinc, potassium, iron, and calcium.

As a natural galactagogue, Moringa can help increase milk production in lactating mothers.

5. Schisandra

Schisandra postpartum benefits

Schisandra protects your body from potential infections following childbirth. It is recommended for postpartum recovery and healing, be it vaginal or c-section delivery.

Schisandra is a rich source of antioxidants and polyphenols, which help fend off vaginal infections and restores pelvic strength.

6. Dhanwantharam Pills

Dhanwantharam Gulika (Tablets)
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Relief from Abdominal Gas & Belching

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Dhanwantharam is an Ayurvedic medicine recommended for mothers in postnatal care at home. Manufactured and distributed by Kerala Ayurveda, Dhanwantharam Pills can be taken during pregnancy or post-delivery to treat abdominal discomfort, bloating, and flatulence. With ingredients like cardamom and ginger, these herbal tablets help maintain Vata and Kapha doshas at their optimum levels to prevent gastrointestinal concerns, especially during pregnancy or after childbirth. It is recommended to consult a physician to determine the correct dosage and duration for yourself.

Mothers who usually experience fatigue or mild discomfort can benefit from a soothing massage with Dhanwantharam Thailam as a primary massage oil. It can help ease stress and restore strength in women during the prenatal and postnatal phases.

7. Neelibringadi Keram

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Because of hormonal imbalance, it is common for mothers to experience hair fall in the days following childbirth. This can be too much for new mothers who have yet to recover from the overwhelming pain and emotional trauma. Neelibringadi Keram is here to your rescue. With active ingredients like amalaki, bhringaraja, coconut oil and karnasphota, Neelibringadi Keram can help tackle hair problems like dandruff, breakage, and thinning. Regular usage can also prevent premature graying and give you shiny, voluminous hair.

8. Mathrukalpam

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Mathrukalpam is a complete herbal supplement with restorative and galactagogue properties. It can help reduce fatigue and stress while restoring natural strength so that the mother can return to her usual self in days, not weeks. The dosha-balancing properties of it protect the mother from any health problems after labor. It’s a well-rounded solution for postnatal care for mothers, as it helps promote uterus health, restore pelvic muscle strength and get new mothers off to a positive start.

9. Gestatone

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Because of poor nutrition or hormonal imbalance, lactating mothers may struggle with milk production. It’s a huge concern, as it can affect the newborn’s nutrition and overall health. Kerala Ayurveda offers a herbal solution that helps increase milk supply with no significant side effects. This herbal formulation contains galactagogue ingredients like Shatavari, Ksheera (Milk), Vatad, Draksha, Sukshmaila, Sita, Maricha (Piper nigrum), Tvak and Asana. These herbs help increase breastmilk supply so that the newborn gets proper nutrition even when the mother is tandem feeding.

It also helps with indigestion, acidity, and flatulence and tones uterus muscles naturally, making it an effective medicine for postnatal health.

10. Red Raspberry

How Red raspberry helps in Postpartum

Although sweet to taste, red raspberries have a tart undertone due to various minerals and alkaloids, which help in uterus toning and overall postnatal recovery.

Interestingly, the leaves are just as beneficial as the fruit. Red raspberry leaf tea is an excellent rejuvenating drink that helps manage nausea, indigestion, and morning sickness. A cup of red raspberry leaf tea is all you need to beat the pregnancy blues.

Postnatal Exercises

It is just as important to stay active in your postnatal phase as during pregnancy. Some women may experience chronic weakness after giving birth, and that’s normal to some extent. However, don’t let the lethargy be carried into the subsequent chapters of your life as a mother.

The goal is to keep moving and get adequate exercise in a day, so you don’t get rusty sitting in one place.

Low-Impact Exercises

You’ve got to start somewhere, even if you don’t feel like it. How about a brisk walk or a casual stroll down the street? If it’s safe, consider heading out for a short walk with your baby in the stroller. You might bump into a neighbor or make new friends while you are at it.

As you regain some of your strength, you can join pilates at a fitness studio near you or enroll in online classes if leaving your baby back at home does not seem feasible.

Pelvic Floor Exercise

During pregnancy and labor, your pelvic floor muscles bear the most brunt and often lose their strength. You can get your pelvic muscles back to 100% by performing gentle yet targeted exercises combined with post-pregnancy massage at home.

Yoga

Pregnancy can be difficult for some women, but the complications go up a notch when giving birth. Some women may even experience childbirth trauma, which can affect their mental and physical well-being.

Yoga helps center your thoughts and ensure perfect harmony between the body and mind while paving your way to healing and postnatal recovery. You can start with simple yoga poses and gradually increase the level of complexity as you get comfortable with the process.

Practicing yoga under the direct supervision of a certified yoga practitioner is recommended to ensure you are doing it right.

Key Takeaways

Becoming a mother is a life-changing experience. You create many memories and want to hold on to this moment forever. On the other hand, the whole process can affect your physical and mental health.

However, making a few dietary and lifestyle adjustments can help you get back to 100% and avoid further health complications.

Taking herbs and medicines mentioned in this article can help you fight pregnancy-related complications and recover in a natural, healthy way.

Plus, getting adequate exercise in the days following childbirth can help restore your strength so you can go about your work and everyday life as you should.

If you feel exhausted and experience frequent back pain, a post natal massage therapy using Dhanwantharam thailam can help you find relief and lift your spirits.




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