The initial week soon after delivery is of immense importance. Both mother and the newly arrived guest need attention and special care. Ayurveda explains in detail regarding mother care. Here is a detailed Ayurvedic post natal care in the first week after delivery.
Why care of the mother in the first week after delivery is so important?
Ayurvedic explanation: The process of child delivery is caused due to Vata activity. Vata will be immensely increased soon after delivery. The digestion power, hygiene and immunity will also be very low in the mother. Hence special care to balance Vata and to strengthen the mother is very necessary.
Modern explanation: Soon after delivery, the mother’s uterus starts involution (retracting back to its smaller, normal size). Lactation slowly begins, mother’s mental health will be little unstable.
To ensure normalcy in above proceedings, Ayurveda offers special care.
Disclaimer: All these information is just for information. Consult your doctor before trying any of these.
Ayurvedic post natal care –
In the first week after delivery, the following procedures and diet should be followed.
Just before her breakfast, lunch and dinner, Take 3 tablespoon of cooked rice. Add a pinch of salt, black pepper and turmeric. Let her have it, and then her food.
Some start oil massage after 5 days, some, 10 days after.
with Balaswagandhadi taila / Ksheera bala taila is explained. It helps to strengthen the ligaments, muscles, tendons, joints of the whole body. It soothens skin and relieves pain.
Ghee / sesame oil – Based on mother’s convenience in intake, ghee or sesame oil is administered in the dose of 5 – 10 ml twice a day. But giving raw ghee as such might cause digestion problem. Hence it is traditionally advised to give the ghee along with 2 – 3 grams of herbal powder mix. This powder mix – a combination of equal parts of – Ginger, long pepper (root and fruit), Chavya (Piper chaba) and Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica). This combination of herbs along with ghee provides much needed strength to digestive system and the whole body. It is also useful in avoiding cold infection.
Diet: After ensuring that the administered ghee is completely digested, gruel prepared with rice / barley and long pepper is administered.
Rice gruel with little quantity of ghee along with hot water is administered twice or thrice a day.
Cooked rice and boiled vegetables, boiled vegetables smoothie can be given.
Kashayam prepared with Vata balancing herbs like Dashamoola, Bala is administered once or twice a day in the dose of 10 – 20 ml once or twice a day.
Black cumin Kashayam:
Some administer Black Cumin Kashayam – Take black cumin powder – Available here in USA here (aff)
Take a teaspoon of it in a vessel, add 2 cups of water, boil and reduce to 1 cup, Filter it.
Mother can have it in the evening at about 7 pm, freshly made and hot. – If she feels it bitter, she can take a little jaggery or honey after taking it.
This Kashayam is to be given only till 10 days after delivery.
Jaggery and water – Is administered. It provides the mother with instant strength and relieves tiredness. Dose: 100 – 200 ml per day. The above mentioned 3 grams of herbal powder (long pepper root and fruit, ginger, Chitraka, and Chavya) is also administered along with jaggery and water.
Warm water or at least boiled and cooled water is advised.
Overall, Ayurvedic post natal care for the first week concentrates on Balancing Vata with intake of ghee, oil massage and rice / barley gruel.