Post\Pre Natal Care
Back to Roots Pre-Natal, Peri-Natal & Post-Natal Care is designed through below phases:
- Preparation for Conception: According to Ayurveda, the care for child’s health starts 2 months before conception. Both mother and father should carefully plan the conception, as that is the time when prakriti or Ayurvedic constitution of the child is decided. Healthy parents lead to a healthy and balanced prakriti. Their doshas should be in a balanced state and they should possess high quality ojas. Before planning for a child, the parents should take certain herbs which will ensure the purity of reproductive tissues and will provide favorable uterine conditions for the foetus.
- Pumsavana Karma: It is a special procedure adopted between 8-11 weeks of pregnancy. The aim of pumsavana karma is to stabilize pregnancy and to ensure the purity of race and sex. Modern, embryologists too believe that the genitals of the foetus begin to develop only in the 11th week of pregnancy.
- Diet care, oil therapies & treatments for health problems of pregnancy: The regimens of mother during pregnancy can, not only affect the health of offspring but the body constitution as well. Ayurveda suggest a protocol in terms of nutrition, life style and thought process to be followed during pregnancy. As per Ayurvedic concepts, in each month a separate tissue is developed to its essence in the fetal growth. E.g. in the fifth month of pregnancy, the intellect of the baby begins to develop. In sixth month, ligaments, blood vessels, hair, skin etc. Based on this concept, supporting herbs and recipes are suggested for different months of antenatal period. Herbs like asparagus, ashwagandha (withania somnifera), bala (sida cordifolia), white musali, kapikachchu (macuna prurita) & tonic formulas like Vidaryadi lehyam/ghritham, Dhanwantharam, Chyavanaprasam, Agasthya Rasayanam, Sukumaram ghritham, Kalyana gulam etc are recommended at different weeks of pregnancy depending on health status. These herbs and recipes are taken by mothers in Kerala since hundreds of years and there are no known side effects on a therapeutic administration.
- Ayurvedic oil therapies during pregnancy have been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It's a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.
- Preparation for child delivery: Preparation of the tract for the expulsion of the placenta and the foetus is done with pichudharana and enema therapy in the 8th and the 9th month. Enema facilitates the appropriate functioning of vatha which have some effect on autonomous nervous system governing myometrium and help in regulating their function during labour.
- Post Natal Care of the mother: This phase is called the Sutika period - a period after delivery until the restoration of menstrual cycle. This is designed to regain the health and beauty of the mother and to ensure the purity and quality of the breast milk. The body of the sutika especially pelvic region and legs should be massaged regularly with warm oil, at least for of thirty days. After the body massage the stomach should be wrapped tightly with large piece of clean cloth. The wrapping helps in compression of the abdomen and it avoid the possibility of vata Light physical exercise is suggested in this period; however care should be taken to avoid physical stress and fatigue.
- Neonatal and pediatric care: for the proper physical, mental and intellectual development of the child. Tonics & Ayurvedic massage for babies also has a long tradition in India. From a cleansing massage after birth, daily body massage should continue for 18 months as per Ayurveda.