How AyurveDatri can help me
AyurveDatri offers physical, mental, emotional and spiritual support for women of all ages in their journey from menarche to menopause.
Healthy menstruation and menstrual regimen
Menstrual problems- PMS, dysmenorrhea, irregular cycle, PCOS, menorrhagia
Fibroid and cyst
Breast health and related problems
Genito -urinary health and related problems
Conception and infertility
Pregnancy care and delivery
Are you planning for a child?
The journey of motherhood in Ayurveda starts before conception and lasts till 40 days after delivery.
Let me show you how!
When does pregnancy start?
According to ancient Ayurvedic text Sushrut Samhita, a simile of a plant growing from seed is given to explain human conception (Shareer, Chapter 2 verse 33). As a plant grows from a seed when seed, fertile land, nourishment and adequate environment come together, the same way conception happens when four essential factors for conception come together.
These four essential factors are-
1. Ritu – Fertile period (from 6th to 16 th days after menstruation)
2. Kshetra – Uterus (Healthy and Well primed endometrial bed)
3. Ambu- Nourishing fluids called Rasa ( The source of which is sufficient, unobstructed blood circulation)
4. Beeja- Healthy sperm and ovum from healthy mother and healthy father
Appropriate amalgamation of all these factors together leads to conception and formation of healthy fetus.
The Ayurvedic ideal goes far beyond just conception. Ayurveda emphasises on achieving pregnancy with an ideal progeny. Pumsavan karma is a ritual done before conception to achieve –
1. Healthy conception
2. Healthy and stable pregnancy
3. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually strong progeny
Ritu- After menstruation from the 4th day to 16th day period is called Ritukaal. A woman during this period is called Rutumati. This has been described as the ideal period for conception. There is a special lifestyle, food and diet habits described for achieving healthy conception called Ritumaticharya. Ayurveda recommends Ritumaticharya for women desiring conception. (Ch. Sha. 4/7)
Ritumaticharya for a healthy conception from Ancient texts of Ayurveda-
1. Follow a daily routine. Having a schedule and morning rituals is calming, cleansing and nourishing.
2. Take shower every day or indulge in a natural fragrant bath.
3. Put on pleasing fragrance and anoint with fragrant natural herbal pastes.
4. Put on nice clothes and jewellery. Decorating oneself with colorful fragrant flowers and flower garlands.
5. Wear light colored, clean clothes made from natural fibres like cotton, silk and wool.
6. Visit to peaceful and calming places of worship. Connecting with God or deeper self with prayers, chanting of pious Mantras and meditation.
7. Visiting elders and taking their blessings.
8. Spent time in the company of wise elders, learned people and friends and relatives who bring joy and calm. Remove confusion from the mind.
9. Such a lifestyle brings calm, joy, nourishment and purity. When the mind and body are free from stress and anxiety it creates a favourable environmenlt for conception. (1)
10. Ayurveda specially recommends happy countenance, indulging, decorating, pampering and spending quality time with the partner.
11. Indulging with a calm and relaxed mind with a healthy partner brings high chances of conception.
12. Healthy and nourishing food is very important. Eat fresh organic fruits and vegetables and grains. (2)
13. Eat freshly cooked warm food. Avoid stale, microwave, processed, and food with chemicals and preservatives.
14. Diet should also include natural milk and dairy. This is also supported by research that full-fat dairy products were associated with a lower risk of ovulatory infertility while low-fat dairy products (including skim, 1%, and 2% milk, yogurt, or cottage cheese) were associated with a higher risk. (3)
15. Women should be careful about the things that they bring into their focus after conclusion of menstruation, it affects the mind (mana) of the offspring.
Motherhood is one of the most desired dreams for women.
Pregnancy is a magical phase in many women’s lives, when they are filled with love and joy. It can be very challenging for some. One dream common among all pregnant women is to have a safe, normal labor and a healthy baby. They also desire a smooth sail of nine months for themselves.
As an ayurveda women health expert I have seen women transform. They undergo varied emotional experiences as the physiological changes pose demands on their body and mind, and challenge them from month to month.
Ayurveda is an excellent addition to their pregnancy care as it provides support at physical, mental and spiritual levels.
First three months need special care. This is the time women become more sensitive, especially to smell and sound. This is the time many go through morning sickness, indigestion and burning of their throats . This is also the time of organogenesis for their child.
You need to be very careful about what you eat and do.
Ayurvedic tips for first trimester of pregnancy-
1. Practice happiness and see joy and beauty in everything that you do.
2. Try to have a regular routine. It’s ok not to be on schedule sometimes.
3. Take a daily shower or scented bath. Private parts and specially nipples should be cleaned everyday. Sometimes first time moms may experience depressed nipples. Consult your physician and attempt to correct it everyday.
4. Practice daily meditation and suitable Yoga postures. e.g. Kantha and Skandha sanchalan or gentle neck and shoulder roles, Ardha baddha konasana or half butterfly pose, Tadasana or Palm tree pose, Trikonasana or Triangle pose, Uttanasana or squat and rise pose.
5. Go for a nature walk.
6. Get Good sleep. Minimum 6-7 hours of night time sleep. 1-2 hours rest in daytime.
7. Surround yourself with pleasing paintings. Photos of friends and family.
8. Spending time in the company of elders and experienced women who have given birth is good. It is reassuring and brings confidence.
9. Read calming and inspiring stories. It keeps you away from anxiety and keeps the mind engaged in positive thinking.
10. If you are not prone to abortion and unless advised by your physician, ordinarily sex is not harmful.
1. Sleeping and resting in uncomfortable and abnormal postures.
2. Lying down for long hours on your back, it would be good to turn around, preferably left lateral.
3. Walking alone in lonely and dark places.
4. Over exertion and exhaustive work
5. Too much of travelling
6. Grief, fear and extremes of emotions
7. Too much of tv or screen time
8. Keeping late nights
Food and eating habits-
1. Whole grains- Wheat, rice and other whole grains, eggs preferably cooked food
2. Pulses and legumes- Mung beans, mung daal, pigeon pea, bengal gram
3. Ripe and sweet fruits like banana, pomegranate, sweet orange, apple, grapes
4. Green vegetables carrot, sweet potato, beets, especially leafy greens like spinach, collard, green lettuce.
5. Spices like coriander seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric, cardamom, fennel, basil.
6. Whole milk, ghee, butter, yogurt.
7. Nuts, raisins, dates, fig, coconut.
8. Eat light and easily digestible meals.
9. Eat all tastes but prefer sweet, salt and sour.
10. Cold, liquid diet, frequent meals.
11. Having frequent small portions of food or snacks when you feel like is fine.
12. Hydrate by drinking an adequate amount of water.
13. Sattvic food builds Ojas.
1. Too much of Pungent, bitter and astringent taste.
2. Hot food and spices.
3. Heavy food and serving large portions.
4. Deep fried food, aged cheese, left over and fermented food.
5. Avoid Food that you know causes indigestion, constipation, burning and diarrhea.
6. Keep away from Smoking and alcoholic drinks and beverages.
7. Some Ayurvedic herbs recommended for first trimester of pregnancy –
Always consult your Ayurveda practitioner before taking any ayurveda herbs.
Amalaki (Indian gooseberry)
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
Dose should not exceed in a day-
Powdered fruit of Amalaki 2 gm
Powdered roots of Shatavari 2 gm
Ashwagandha root powder 1 gm
Month Wise dietetic regimen during First Trimester of pregnancy-
1. Month 1- Take wholesome food morning and evening. Drink milk regularly; it may be taken cold. Milk boiled with herbs. (Madhuyashti – Glycyrrhiza glabra).
2. Month 2: Take sweet cold and liquid diet. Take milk boiled with herbs having a sweet taste. (Kakoli- Roscoea alpina)
3. Month 3: Take a sweet , cold and liquid diet. Take milk mixed with honey and ghee. Milk cooked with rice, specially Shasti salik rice.
Charak Samhita Shareer Sthan 8/32
Sushrut Samhita Shareer Sthan 10/4
Women Health Care through ayurveda by Dr. Manjari Dwivedi Publishers Krishnadas Academy, Varanas
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