Ayurveda places a great emphasis on the value of caring for the mother prior to, during and following pregnancy. Ayurveda considers woman as the very first teacher of a youngster and every facet of appropriate development of a young child is directly connected to the bodily and mental health of mother.
Ayurveda gives great value to the caliber of the seed (ovum). Even five thousand years ago, Ayurveda had stressed the value of safe motherhood. After delivery the mother needs to be looked after with great care and vigilance. During pregnancy the fetus attains its nourishment from the mother’s body. This makes the seven dhatus of the mother weakened and diminished from the usual state. After delivery the mother’s health becomes weak due to the loss of fluid and blood and the emptiness created in the body after the the expulsion of foetus from the uterus. This phase is called ‘suthika period’- a term derived from the word ‘prasuta’ or the mother after delivery. A special regimen for the mother after delivery is recommended for this period to make good the loss of the fluids, dhatus and blood during the pregnancy and delivery. The proper adherence to this regimen results in faster recuperation and restoration of the health of the mother. Ayurveda says that, after delivery mothers agni, will be low and vata dosha is vitiated immediately after delivery.
Ayurveda massage (abhyanga)- mostly with dhanwantharam thailam
Bath (snanam)- the lady after delivery should take bath twice daily in the morning and in the evening with the water boiled with herbs which are balancing vata dosha
Abdomen should be properly wrapped with big clean cloth
Sneha panam- intake of ghee or oil, which is to be selected based on the custom followed in the women’s’ maternal family. This is because the women’s body gets easily accustomed to the regimen followed in her family.
Dose is based on the strength of agni
Intake of medicated ghee
Diet should be very light immediately after the delivery