AYURVEDIC DIET AFTER CHILDBIRTH

In Ayurveda, diet is an integral element in pregnancy and post childbirth care. The diet should meet the nutritional needs of both the mother and the baby. Diet should also be suiting the age, constitution, health status, food habits, lifestyle, associated health problems and many other related factors of the mother during pregnancy and both post child birth. The important factor is that the diet followed should be customized and individualistic.

After childbirth, the new mother should take care to drink lots of plain warm water (one glass every hour) till they wean the babies off breast milk. Diet should comprise all essential nutritive supplements like calcium, iron, vitamins, etc. It should also include breast milk promoters like methi, drumstick leaves, sesame seeds, etc. Deep fried, heavy, gassy food should be avoided. A personal diet consultation is always advisable.

However, Here are few general tips to help plan a healthy nourishing delicious diet plan for the beaming proud mother:

28 Days post childbirth: 

Early  Morning: Warm jeera water, Breakfast: Well cooked rice flavoured with turmeric, shallots and garlic fried in sesame oil/ghee

Midday snack: A glass of milk with palm candy/jaggery and spiced with dry ginger powder.

Lunch: Light well cooked rice with ginger-jeera spiced dal, pepper rasam, kadi/boiled buttermilk, cooked vegetables

Evening Snack: Warm milk spiced with coriander powder and honey Dinner: Chapathi with steamed vegetables, Bedtime: A glass of warm water.

2nd month post childbirth

Early morning: Warm milk with protein mixture, Breakfast:  Any breakfast of choice, cut fruits, eggs.

Midday Snack: Meat soup with onion and garlic.

Lunch: Rice/Roti/Chapathi, cooked vegetables and meat/pulses, curd/buttermilk

Evening snack: Warm milk spiced with coriander powder and honey.

Dinner: Chapathi with steamed vegetables, Bedtime:  A glass of warm water.

3rd Month post childbirth: 

Early morning: Warm milk with protein mixture, Breakfast:  Any breakfast of choice, cut fruits, eggs

Midday snack: Vegetable salads or soups

Lunch: Rice/Roti/Chapathi, cooked vegetables and meat/pulses, curd/buttermilk

Evening snack: Warm milk spiced with any arminative/galactogogue spice like jeera, coriander powder, methi and honey.

Dinner: Chapathi with steamed vegetables, Bedtime:  A glass of warm water.

*Along with the diet, some of the complementary ayurvedic Products are :

Jeerakaarishtam- Jeera Tonic

Dasamoolarishtam-Vitality and immunity booster

Ashwagandadhi Lehyam- Restorative and Nourishing

Kadaliphala Rasayanam- Breast milk Enhancer

Chyavanprasham- Vitamin C rich immunity booster.

Ayurvedic postpartum care recommends the mother receive care for 42 days after the baby is born. This helps the new mother to rest, sleep, eat, and get nourishment after the baby is born. The regimen includes massage, herbal bath, diet pattern, abdominal banding etc. This window in time is deeply critical for the mother to heal and rejuvenate as she transitions into the next phase of motherhood.

If you have questions regarding the Ayurvedic care after childbirth, feel free to write to support@ilove9months.com

 

Adapted from an article written by Dr. Reeja Manoj : Dr. Reeja Manoj, a renowned Ayurveda practitioner of Kozhikode, is an obstetrics and gynaecology specialist . The expert clinician with a rich and varied treatment experience of two decades is an alumnus of Kannur Government Ayurveda College. She is one of the pioneers of revival of Ayurveda Women Health specialty practice in Kerala as a core team member of the prestigious Vanita Clinic project of Ayurveda Medical Association of India. Pre-pregnancy care, pregnancy care, and postnatal care are her fields of interest and proficiency in women health management. Dr. Reeja has successfully experimented the combinations of Ayurveda principles with Yoga, water aerobics, cosmetology, counselling and many such other related skills to improve women health, beauty and personality

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