Ayurvedic Post Natal Care – The First Week After Delivery

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.

Ayurvedic post natal care

Ayurvedic post natal care

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.

Oil massage 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.

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.

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.

 

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Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Assistant Professor, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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Comments

  1. suryakrishnamurthi says:

    Excellent information and requires attention of all the ladies in the household. MY efforts will be to forward the article as and when I receive invitation for Seemantham and Valaikappu celebration of young would be mother in the hindu tradition. Regards Suryakrishnamurtthi

  2. Was wondering why my wife was fed ghee with shallots fried in it and other things made in ghee, this explains it nicely, much appreciated Dr. Hebbar carry on the good work

    Cheers,
    Shiva

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Ghee is actually crucial in the first week after delivery to the mother. It helps to calm down Pitta and Vata. It helps in normal involution of uterus. But since ghee alone might cause digestive problems, it is given along with the herbal powder that I mentioned above or with shallots etc.
      Many fear that ghee might cause weight gain in the mother. But surprisingly it does not.

  3. suryakrishnamurthi says:

    Thank you in advance Regards Suryakrishnamuthi

  4. Sowmya Vijayakumar says:

    Doctor, I read your other two post on pre & postnatal care as well. These post are inspiring me so much :-) Can you please refer any book/booklet containing the pre and post natal care in a form of schedule which contains the details that can be followed at home for those who are Ayurveda enthusiasist but not educationally qualified in Ayurveda. Are there any course offered for this section of Ayurveda alone – can you provide more details on this like eligibility/term/classes etc. Are there any Ayurvedic clinics which provide Abhyangam for both Mom & Child – can you provide details on this?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, sorry that I do not know of any such book.
      Regarding course for post partum care, such a course for 1 – 2 weeks can be arranged at Alva’s Ayurveda Medical college, Moodbidri, near Mangalore, Karnataka.
      Please write to me at – hebbarjv@gmail.com if interested.

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