In the sacred space after childbirth, nature offers mothers a window for nourishment. This is a time of deep connection, bonding, and total devotion. Discover more about the power of postpartum Ayurveda care.
During this beautiful but intensive period, mothers are more vulnerable to becoming depleted, and if self-care is not prioritized, health and emotional imbalances can manifest. The physiological changes that occur during this crucial period need to be addressed with love and appropriate care. Ayurveda’s breadth of knowledge is a powerful tool that can support mothers during this transitional and expansive time.
An introduction to Ayurveda
Ayurveda, the holistic science of life, explains that the digestive fire lessens tremendously after childbirth. It then needs to be re-kindled with awareness by eating the proper foods, spices, and herbs. When the digestive fire is disturbed, mental and emotional imbalances occur.
Without attention, such imbalances make themselves known as depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, and even arthritis. New mamas need to be nourished with wholesome meals easily digested and assimilated, combined with herbs that will support the healing, rejuvenation, and breastfeeding processes.
Agni + the digestive fire
Agni, or Digestive Fire, is not only what helps us digest, assimilate, and absorb the food that we eat; it is also the fire that helps us digest our emotions. This fire is life itself, and it is that essence that will provide the support a new mother needs to nourish and care for her newborn.
Ayurveda explains that everything we consume, through food and thought, will create rasa or plasma (the primary bodily tissue). Rasa shares an intimate relationship with breast milk. After digestion, the food that becomes rasa will become milk—making a holistic and nourishing diet a vital part of the postpartum and nursing experience.
When Agni (the digestive fire) is balanced, mothers can manage better the sleepless nights and intense changes that accompany new motherhood.
Ayurveda and the Wise Women Tradition explains that after childbirth, it is essential for the new mother to drink nourishing herbal infusions and consume creamy vegetable soups, healthy oils, and wholesome grains. These nutrient-dense but simple meals will sustain the body, mind, and soul—therefore nourishing the baby with what is known as Divine Mother’s Nectar.
Sweet Water Nursing Tea:
- 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
- 1 tsp of chamomile
- 2 tsp fennel seeds
- A thermos full of boiled water
Once the hot water is poured into the thermos, add the herbs and spices. Let sit until it becomes lukewarm and drink throughout the day.
My offering to all beautiful mothers or mothers-to-be is awareness of and support for this sacred window, and to offer you ways to be nurtured during this vulnerable time. I suggest prioritizing a plan for your postpartum journey with tremendous care and love. This free postpartum prep + recovery guide can help.
May all mamas be supported during this sacred time.