The first three months after delivery is very important for the mother. During this period, the expanded uterus shrinks back to normal position, ligaments, muscles and tendons associated with uterus start gaining back the lost power. Mother also recovers back the mental strength, which will be a bit low in the first week after delivery.
First week after delivery:
We have learnt in detail about care of mother in the first week after deliver.
The following explanation is further to the first week care.
1. Oil massage and hot water bath – should be continued for next 2 to 3 months. Oils preferred are – Balaswagandhadi Taila, Ksheerabala taila or Bala taila. It helps to strengthen the lower back, hip area, bones, muscles and ligaments.
2. Lumbar belt –
Using an abdomen belt with moderate pressure at least for 4 – 5 hours a day helps to strengthen back, supports uterus and ligaments.
Rest – While mild walking is quite ok, rigorous work, heavy weight lifting is totally discouraged. It leaves the uterine muscles and tendons weak. Uterine prolapse during post mid life is linked to improper after delivery care of mother and rest.
In case of normal delivery – rest for at least 3 months.
In case of CS delivery – rest for at last 4-5 months.
Ayurveda explains different Ayurvedic products based on the need of the mother. Here is a general bird view regarding a few basic Ayurvedic products. Consult your Ayurvedic doctor for suitable suggestion. Self medication will be dangerous.
In Rural India and in folklore Ayurveda practice, they make a laddu out of dry fruits, called Gondh Ki Laddu or Edible Gum Laddu.
It is administered from 2nd week till 3 – 4 months to improve strength and immunity of the nursing mother.
As a general rule, Dashamoolarishtam is advised for initial couple of months. It helps to relieve pain and inflammation. It also boosts immunity and keeps most of the infections at bay.
Usual dose is 5 ml, mixed with 10 ml water 2 times a day after food.
Please take note that in some people with very weak and sensitive stomach, Dasamoolaristam may cause gastritis / pies or fistula. If it is causing gastritis, use Dasamularishta only once per day, 5 ml, mixed with half a cup of lukewarm water, in the morning, after food for 2 months time.
Jeerakarishtam is advised especially for mothers during winter and rainy season. It helps to keep the body warm due to its hot nature. It also helps induce normal lactation.
Usual dose is 5 -10 ml, mixed with 10 ml water 2 times a day after food.
Shatavari Gulam is usually advised to achieve overall hormonal balance. It also helps to improve lactation.
Usual dose is 5 – 10 grams, 2 – 3 times a day, after food.
Pulilehyam – usually administered in Kerala Ayurveda practice. It is administered third week onward for 30 – 45 days.
Balanta Kada – number 1 – 3 is often prescribed by a few doctors.
Balant Kada no. 1 is administered soon after delivery till next 10 days
Balanta kada no.2 is administered from 11th to 20th day after delivery
Balant Kada no. 3 is administered from 21st day after delivery till next 2 – 3 weeks time.
Note: All the products are not advised together. usually doctor chooses permutation and combination of medicines based on symptoms in the mother.
Commonly used herbs:
Musta – Nut grass – It helps to improve breast milk production and also relieves milk duct clogs. Its paste is made with water and applied over breasts to relieve inflammation and to improve lactation. If the baby has mild fever or diarrhea, a water decoction of this herb is made and administered to the mother.
Shatavari – A teaspoon of powder is mixed with a cup of milk and boiled. It is administered for a period of 5th day to 3 – 4 months to improve breast milk production. Apart from improving breast milk, it is also useful to calm the mind (useful in post partum depression). It assists in normal involution of uterus as well.
Yashtimadhu (Mulethi, Licorice) and fennel are the other two herbs used for improving lactation.
She can have all the warm foods and freshly made hot dishes.
Avoid ice creams and excess oily foods.