Ayurvedic treatment for Post-pregnancy care

Post-pregnancy care

Know More on Women's Health

  • Definition
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • FAQS
  • References

Definition

Post-pregnancy care Ayurvedic treatment

WHAT IS POST-PREGNANCY CARE?

After delivery of her baby, the mother is known as Sutika and this post-pregnancy period is called Sutika kala or puerperium.  In India, postpartum period or the period after childbirth is given a lot of importance. Mothers begin to gradually recover after childbirth and simultaneously, the bonding between them and their newborn starts being established. It is also the time when the mothers start breasfeeding their child. This traditional period of confinement usually lasts for 6 weeks or 40 days. In India, the women either return to their maternal house for the end of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum or the women’s mothers usually come to stay with them. Thus, Indian women are traditionally cared for her their female relatives and most importantly their mothers during this period.1

Causes

Post-pregnancy care

POST-PREGNANCY CARE CAUSES

During the sutika kala phase, several complications can occur. Ayurveda has listed 74 types of diseases that can happen during this period, if not managed properly. The health of the mother is very important for healthy and proper growth of her child.2

Due to aggravation of vata dosha after delivery, digestive power as well as immunity and strength of mother tend to become weak, therefore, care and management is focussed on balancing the vata and increasing the body strength of the mother. Moreover, loss of blood during delivery leads to dhatu kshaya, which in turn causes loss of body immunity. Even a minor ailment during this period can cause a lot of harm to the body. This is why, the postnatal care or sutika paricharya is given great importance in women’s health during entire pregnancy up until 6 months after delivery. 2

Symptoms

Post-pregnancy care

POST-PREGNANCY CARE SYMPTOMS

Some of the common problems that mothers face after delivery include –

  • Soreness around the vagina
  • Discharge from the vagina which gradually tapers off, becomes watery and changes from pink or brown to yellow or white in a few weeks.
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding, foul smelling discharge with or without fever (rare cases).
  • Uterus contractions that are similar to period cramps.
  • Problems with urinating
  • Piles and constipation

Diagnosis

Post-pregnancy care

POST-PREGNANCY CARE DIAGNOSIS

Management

Post-pregnancy care

POST-PREGNANCY CARE AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

Ayurveda can play a significant role in post-pregnancy care through a combination of corrective Ahar (diet), Vihar (exercise) and Aushadhi (Medicines) regime.

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Increase intake of foods that include sesame seeds, dry nuts, fenugreek seeds/leaves, garlic, drumsticks, cumin & carom seeds to increase milk supply for breastfeeding.
  • Have fresh cow’s milk as the first meal of the day to help enhance the quality of the breastfeeding milk.
  • Consume and cook vegetables such as beans, squash, carrots, beets, green leafy vegetables and zucchini in ghee.
  • Lentils, cereals and whole grains can be seasoned with cumin and whole spices and served hot.
  • Avoid cabbage, potatoes and cauliflower during the first three weeks.
  • Avoid leftover foods.

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

Do’s (Pathya) and Don’t’s (Apathya) include

Do’s

  1. Bathe/shower with warm water
  2. Drink boiled water
  3. Regularly practise yogasanas and pranayama

 

Don’t’s

  1. Sexual intercourse should be avoided.
  2. Avoid activities that may lead to physical stress, mental stress and anger.
  3.  Avoid cold water, cold wind and cold drinks/foods.

FAQS

Post-pregnancy care
  1. What is puerparium?
  2. Why is post pregnancy care important?

References

Post-pregnancy care
  1. Learning from India’s post partum traditions. http://www.birth-institute.com/alternative-medicine-and-childbirth//what-we-can-learn-from-indias-culture-and-traditions-during-the-postpartum-period
  2. Vijay Lakshmi et. al., Sutika Paricharya: Post Natal Care in Ayurveda, Int. J. Ayu. Alt. Med., 2014; 2(4):36-40
  3. Postpartum care: what to expect after vaginal delivery. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/labor-and-delivery/in-depth/postpartum-care/art-20047233

Disclaimer: The information on this page is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or ayurvedic treatment of womens-health and/or post-pregnancy care without consulting the doctor. Consult your physician before beginning an exercise regime. "While we have products /ayurvedic medicines for womens-health and/or post-pregnancy care, you must consult an authorized physician before taking any of the products. For more information on products, visit www.dabur.com or call 1800-103-1644"