Effective Postnatal Care Through Ayurveda
Posted on October 26, 2021

The body undergoes many transformations during pregnancy like the expanding belly and weight gain. It involves not only those changes that are visible, on a physical level, but also those on an emotional and psychological level. Once the baby is delivered, the mother has to undergo many troubles including lack of sleep, constantly crying baby, anxiety over baby’s health, hormonal changes, worrying about the body shape, etc during the postnatal period. This postnatal period is a highly sensitive period as the mother is pretty vulnerable. Effective Postnatal care through Ayurveda places a great emphasis on boosting immunity, encouraging quick healing, and improving the production of milk along with caring for the psychological healing of the mother. 

What Is The Postnatal Period?

The postnatal also called the postpartum period begins immediately after childbirth as the mother's body including uterus size and hormone levels returns to a pre-pregnancy state. It may extend from 6 weeks to even 6 months depending on various factors. The terms postpartum period, puerperium or puerperal period are usually used to refer to the first 6 weeks immediately following childbirth. This is the time when the body is learning to accept the sudden void that used to be filled with fluid and a living baby inside. If the delivery was done as a C section, the stitches added will take time to heal and it will be difficult for the mother to even move around freely. Ayurvedic Postnatal care insists that utmost care and reassurance have to be given for a speedy recovery during this postnatal period.

Aim Of Ayurvedic Postnatal Care

  • To restore the Agni of the body
  • To normalize the Vata
  • To optimize the quantity and quality of breast milk
  • To prevent unnecessary exertion
  • To ensure a light diet intake
  • To calm the mind and body using vitiated oil massages

9 Essential Ayurvedic Postpartum Tips

Create a support network: You will most probably get visitors to see the new addition to the family. This should ideally be a pleasant experience if the guests are considerate. Your Vata dosha gets exacerbated by visitors, so it is important that the visitors and your family understand this and help you to relax.

Bond with the baby: Forging an attachment with the baby is an important step to creating an unbreakable bond that creates feelings of love, safety, and trust between a mother and her child. It is the first time the baby will ever experience any type of interaction and hence it is very vital to cherish that feeling so that the baby will grow up to form healthy attachments later in life. 

Consume home-cooked meals: The food you consume right after delivery should definitely be easy to digest like soup or other comforting foods since your digestive fire, or Agni, will be very low after delivery. 

Consume more oil and ghee products: The bodily hormones are lipid (fat) based and for a speedy recovery, increasing your body’s intake of healthy fats is crucial. The Vata requires good quality fats to return to balance and unless you provide your body with additional healing fats, it may stockpile fats as a protective measure. 

Avoid cold meals, Salads & raw foods: Such type of food aggravates the Vata and must be avoided for as long as possible after the delivery. They could also lead to unnecessary exertion on the body in the form of constipation and gas trouble. Eat warm homely foods that are easy to digest.
Massage using sesame oil on your feet & belly: Sesame oil massage has several benefits including growth and repair of the skin, inflammation reduction and also moisturising the skin. The body needs all the love and care it can get to recover from the stress it went through in the last 9-10 months.

Use a belly binder: Wrapping the stomach can be done anywhere from 4-6 days following vaginal birth, and at least 2 weeks following a C section. Fabric made from 100% prewashed cotton, that can go directly on the skin comfortably and covers the entirety of the stomach is preferred. Traditionally, they are worn for 12 hours at a stretch every day before removing.  

Include spices in every meal: Herbal treatment in Dubai suggests that Spices such as cumin, fenugreek, cinnamon, fennel and cardamom are very good for restarting your digestion and promoting lactation. Consuming mild spices in your meals will have a healing effect on the body.

Rest in bed more: Probably one of the easiest tips anyone can receive. Apana, which is the sub-dosha of Vata allowed the expulsion of the baby. Post-delivery, your entire body, including your uterus and all other organs and systems need time to find their places. So lying in bed can be a real lifesaver. 

The Ayurvedic Postpartum Tips mentioned above are general in nature and some mothers need specific care and attention. Getting quality postnatal care in Dubai is now easy with Dr Jasnas Clinic in Dubai which provides the Best ayurvedic treatment in Dubai for postpartum treatments and has the Best Ayurvedic doctor in Dubai who is passionate about patient care and wellbeing.