Ayurveda For Mamas
“When the woman is healthy, the family is healthy.”
- What is ayurvedic medicine and how can ayurveda help a mother build strength and vitality during the different stages of pregnancy, birthing, breast feeding and beyond?
Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient 5,000 yr old system of health and healing originating in India. It is the sister science of yoga and is one of the oldest systems of natural medicine on the planet.
The word ayurveda literally translates as ‘the knowledge and science of life’. One of the big focuses of ayurvedic medicine is in the area of women’s and children’s health and there is very specific advice written in the Vedas to support women through conception, pregnancy, delivery, rejuvenation after birth and the journey of becoming a parent. (I highly recommend the books of female practitioner Dr.Maya Tiwari for extra reading on specific vedic practices for pregnancy, birth and beyond. Her books on womens health are a river of endless inspiration, health and wellness for women!)
Ayurveda, being a science of life with a focus on the health and wellbeing of each individual on the planet has a huge focus on food and nutrition as being key factors in having strength, vitality and radiant energy during the process of pregnancy through to birth, breastfeeding and beyond.
It is important to be intuitive with your body. Listening to how your energy levels are, the way your digestive system is functioning, your appetite, your moods and other life factors like the quality of your relationships and work/home life environment are all important areas to be paying close attention to at all times in life, especially when conceiving a child, during pregnancy and after giving birth.
If you notice that your feeling depleted/stressed or run down it is a sign that your digestive system might need a reset. You can assist your body in this reset by simplifying the food you eat and opting for light easy to digest foods such as a nourishing bowl of kitchari, dhal or rice pudding.
There are a few miracle foods in ayurveda that are celebrated for their nourishing and strengthening qualities – as well as their deliciousness! These foods are considered ideal foods in ayurveda for women during pregnancy and breastfeeding to ensure mother and baby are well nourished:
-warm spiced unhomogenised organic milk with cardamon, fennel, cinnamon and saffron.
-blanched almonds with medjool dates or raisins
-ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil
-fennel and fenugreek tea
-warm water with ginger
Regular warm oil massage with cold pressed black sesame oil around your body especially around your belly and vagina will also be a great practice to ensure your circulation stays good during pregnancy and after as well as keeping your nervouse system grounded and your skin supple and well hydrated.
- How can we ‘work’ ayurveda into parenting?
Ayurveda can easily be worked into parenting through having an awareness of your childs greatness, the gift that they are to the world and honouring yourself as a parent for being an extraordinary human and conscious parent.
It is also important to make sure you are looking after yourself properly and reaching out for the support that you need from others around you to allow you to do so.
The best way to work ayurveda into parenting is to be an example for your little one of self love and self care as well as be conscious of establishing good lifestyle and eating routines for yourself as a parent that your baby can observe and learn for themselves by your example.
- Is ayurveda more than food, is it also a lifestyle? Explain..
Yes, ayurveda is much more than food, it is a holistic system that is about the entirety of human existence and our relationship with ourselves and the world around us. Paying attention to creating a balanced lifestyle is an important part of ayurvedic medicine as it is the little things we do every day, our lifestyle habits and practices that give us our state of health and balance. Lifestyle really is everything and consists of a healthy eating routine so your digestive system can rely upon food for energy at certain times of the day as well as the bodies need for daily physical movement to flush your lymphatic system and release energy, the need for stillness, prayer, devotion and connection on a daily basis as well as time for play, fun, connection with others and pursuing purposeful work as service in the world.
Ayurveda is a rich, beautiful wise science of life that has so much to offer in the realm of women and children’s health and self-care.
Nourishment from the inside out is really where it all begins – as a mother it is important to keep yourself nourished and balanced so you can provide that nourishing example to your baby and set up a good routine of balance and self care that can support you through the magical journey of parenthood.
LORIEN WALDRON is an Ayurvedic health and lifestyle consultant, yoga and cooking teacher with a passion for organic wholefood, plant-based nutrition, digestion and intuitive eating. She is the founder of www.WholesomeLovingGoodness.com.
Article taken from ISSUE #1 of WILLOW magazine – The ‘CONCEPTION’
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