Ayurveda For Postpartum
According to Ayurveda, one of the most sacred periods in your life is the 42 days (six weeks) after giving birth. This time is considered possibly more important than the pregnancy itself! After childbirth, you are as delicate as your newborn baby.
Medical professions speak about the importance of this six week “window” after you give birth, but don’t really know why. Some believe it is because it takes the uterus 6 weeks to fully re-align itself after giving birth, but Ayurveda understands that there is much more to it than that!
These 42 days determine your life for the next 42 years of your life. Ayurveda recognizes the importance of “mothering the mother” and revives the old traditions that are disappearing.
Ayurvedic medicine embraces a broader scope of practice using ancient knowledge and skills to rejuvenate you and your baby. Ayurveda is a system of health and medicine from India that dates back more than 5000 years. It covers topics ranging from nutrition to yoga to surgery to philosophy to internal medicine.
Imagine having a successful postpartum
- Rapid and complete recovery and rejuvenation of your tissues and organs
- Feeling happy and joyful about motherhood
- No colic in your baby
Ayurveda shines the light on how to care for you and your baby.
Ayurveda is a way of living with the awareness that you are connected with the environment. Ayurveda is much more than just traditional knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation without knowing why.
During pregnancy, you probably find yourself more in tune with the subtleties of your body and feel a greater connection to nature. There is a strong sense of being part of the world rather than separate as you transition into motherhood. Ayurveda can nurture this to be lasting rather than a transient thing.
Feel Good About Yourself and Your Parenting
Deeply rooted and a very logical way of viewing the world, Ayurveda enhances your life and brings you closer to your optimal Self so you can be of the best service in this world.
Ayurveda offers a unique understanding of the imbalances that occur in body & mind during childbirth and postpartum.
Prevent Postpartum Depression and Colic with Ayurveda
Postpartum depression affects 15% of new moms, or 1 in 7 women. Approximately 4 million babies are born each year which means that at least 600,000 women in the U.S. suffer from postpartum depression annually. Postpartum depression typically becomes evident one day to six weeks postpartum and includes symptoms of extreme anxiety, inability to sleep, inability to eat, unrealistic and inconsolable concerns about the baby’s health, and occasionally, suicidal thoughts.
For 1000's of years, Ayurveda has supported women during this sacred time offering the solutions for a successful postpartum. Many doctors and midwives do not know what causes colic and their ability to prevent postpartum depression is lacking. Ayurveda has the answers!
Benefits of Ayurveda for Babies and Their Parents*
- Strong immunity and vitality
- Enhanced overall health
- Balanced weight
- Healthy hormonal function
- Ideal bone growth and muscle tone and coordination
- Proper elimination and digestion
- Stress relief from birth
- Relaxation and improved deep sleep and sleep patterns
- Enhanced bonding, sense of love, trust, acceptance, self-respect, self-esteem and body-mind-Spirit connection
- Reduced discomfort from teething, congestion and gas
- Proper bonding with your baby
- Confidence in your parenting
- Increased prolactin allowing for motherly feelings and milk supply, and feelings of protectiveness in Dad
- Deeper connection, contact and communication with your baby
- Enhanced relaxation
- Ideal overall health and sense of well-being
Ayurveda is the holistic medicine that focuses on your unique physical, mental and spiritual balance
Ayurveda is the most comprehensive holistic healing practice in the world and the precursor to all healing systems including Western Medicine, Aromatherapy and Naturopathy. The term Ayurveda combines two Sanskrit words - ayus, which means life, and veda, which means science or knowledge.
To know about life is Ayurveda. In the philosophy of Ayurveda, life is a combination of mind, body and Soul and are considered equally important and worthy of nurturing.
A system that helps maintain optimal health by using the inherent principles of nature to bring you into harmony with your own True Self. In essence, Ayurveda has been in existence since the beginning of time because nature's laws have always governed humanity.
The 5 Elements in Ayurveda
In Ayurveda, you are viewed as a unique individual made up of five primary elements. These elements are:
- Ether (space)
To understand your body you must understand these five elements. Ayurveda explains that all matter in the universe is made up of five elemental, cosmic energies or building blocks. These elements are representative of states of matter. This concept of the five elements lies at the very heart of Ayurvedic science.
These five elements are present within each being. Because these elements are present in the environment, they will in turn have an influence on you. The foods you eat and the weather are just two examples of the presence of these elements.
The 3 Doshas are Derived from the 5 Elements
Vata is a combination of the elements space and air. It is dry, light, cold, mobile, active, clear, astringent, and its energy is dispersing. Vata governs the principle of movement and can therefore be seen as the force which directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration and elimination. Thus, Vata controls some of the basic body processes such as cell division, the heart, breathing, nervous system and the mind.
Pitta represents the elements of fire and water. It has evolved from the functions of fire in nature. As fire cooks, digests or destroys everything that it comes across according to its strength; similarly, Pitta is the basic energy-generating constituent necessary for all the metabolic operations of the body. The transformation of foods into nutrients that the body assimilates is an example of a Pitta function. It is also responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue systems as well as cellular metabolism.
Pitta is hot, sharp, light, liquid, sour, oily and has a spreading quality. Pitta types have a medium frame and good muscle tone. They are likely intense, energetic, dynamic, perfectionist and focused individuals. When Pitta is in balance, they make great teachers, leaders and guides.
Kapha dosha combines the elements water and earth. It has heavy, slow, cool, oily, liquid, dense, thick, static and cloudy qualities. Kapha means the adhesive material which in the body acts as the assembling constituent. The gel like substance between your joints can be considered as Kapha for understanding purpose.
Kapha is responsible for growth, immunity, strength and offers protection; cerebral-spinal fluid protects the brain and spinal column and is a type of Kapha found in the body.
Kapha types tend to have larger bones, thicker muscles and fat, slower metabolism, abundant wavy hair, big attractive eyes, put on weight easily, and may have cool, clammy skin. Kapha types also talk and move slower but with grace and dignity. When balanced, there is consistency, dedication, loyalty, unconditional love, calmness, nurture, devotion forgiveness, love, generosity and compassion.
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What is Health
The Ayurvedic definition of health is that state in which your structure and function is operating optimally and you are in a state of physical, mental and spiritual equilibrium.
The Ayurvedic state of health
- Vata, Pitta, Kapha are in equilibrium with regard to your individual body-mind type (Prakrti).
- All seven tissues are in the proper state of strength and integrity.
- Your digestive fire is balanced resulting in proper appetite, digestion and assimilation.
- Waste materials are produced and eliminated in a regular manner.
- Your sense organs are functioning normally and your mind is undisturbed.
- Happiness and contentment is the experience of life.
- All things in the universe (both living and nonliving) are joined together.
- Every human being contains elements that are found in the universe.
- All people are born in a state of balance within themselves and in relation to the universe.
- This state of balance is disrupted by the processes of life. Disruptions can be physical, emotional, spiritual or a combination. These imbalances weaken the body and make you susceptible to disease.
- Health is good if your interaction with the immediate environment is effective and wholesome.
The word Prakrti means natural or original form and source. Pra can be translated as the beginning or source of origin, and krti means composition or creation. Thus, prakrti refers to the innate constitution of your body and mind.
The five elements and the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) constitute Prakrti and is determined at the moment of conception depending on the predominant combination of the elements. You are born with a basic Prakrti which determines your body type, personality and tendency to illness. While your basic Prakrti does not change, except for very rare circumstances, aspects thereof change with age, seasons and geo-climatic conditions. By understanding your Prakrti, you can anticipate your disease tendencies and patterns and learn how to cope with them in order to prevent becoming sick. During Ayurvedic consultations with Heidi Nordlund, you will gain the understanding of your Ayurvedic body-mind type.
Superficially it may appear that some types are better than others. However, each type has its positive and negative aspects. There is no "wrong" type, and you should not desire to be of a different one. You need to start from wherever you are. This means that you need to understand where you stand and accept it. Then plan intelligently to attain the healthiest state by realizing your potential. The Ayurvedic understanding of Prakrti provides a way to do this - to analyze and assess where you stand and to provide guidance to attain perfect health. You have an inherent tendency to move in the direction of self-healing and balance.
The backbone of Ayurveda is the principle that health is dependent on the balance of your body-mind type. Understanding your innate constitution allows for comprehending the imbalances that are going on and how optimal health is restored. Thus, assessing your Prakrti is a guide for intelligent action to tell in which direction you should move and how to improve your physical and mental well-being.
Prevention - Better than Cure
The essence of Ayurveda is prevention and Ayurveda offers extensive recommendations, procedures and techniques to protect your health.
In the course of normal, everyday life, your body easily accumulates toxins. This may be due to stress, improper diet, chemicals in the foods you eat or drink or other lifestyle-related factors. Toxins causesill health and ageing. Learning how to avoid accumulating these toxins is a key factor in maintaining your health and longevity.
In Ayurveda, diet is very important and is regarded as the foundation of good health: food is medicine and medicine is food. Which diet is suitable for you and your health depends upon your individual body-mind type and current imbalances. Ayurveda offers the answers to which foods are appropriate for you to eat and which to avoid, how and when to eat. The old slogan that breakfast is the most important meal of the day may be a good advice for some but very bad for others.
Ayurveda advocates a joy-filled life and takes into account modern realities as well as the importance of enjoying what you eat - whatever it is. Ayurvedic consultations offers recommendations and guidelines and is not to be taken as inflexible dictation.