“A pregnant woman should be treated very attentively, as if carrying a vessel filled with oil and trying not to agitate.”CHARAKA SAMHITA, VOLUME 1, CHAPTER VIII
Āyurveda has so much to offer in pregnancy and during the postpartum period. The principal philosophies of this ancient system apply so naturally to the magical and profoundly transformative experiences that come along with the phases of becoming a mother. Natural and instinctive tendencies that arise for the pregnant woman are supported through some simple diet and lifestyle transformations which become easeful and productive ways to prepare for the integration of a new life into yours.
According to Āyurveda, and several other cultures and modalities such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and traditional Mexican midwifery, the 40-42 days, or 6 weeks, immediately following birth are a “sacred window” in which deep healing can be established for the mother who is cared for and rests completely and properly. Beyond recovering from the intense processes of pregnancy and birth, this time offers a golden opportunity for deep, sincere bonding between mama and baby. Intentional focus on nourishing the mother through properly prepared foods, herbal protocols, teas, and rituals, gentle bodywork, uninterrupted warmth, and safety, allows space for mama and baby to establish necessary connections needed for a healthy breastfeeding relationship, and emotional connection for their entire lives.
The first 40 days postpartum also offer the perfect space in which the new mother can begin to gently address, nourish, heal, and even prevent long-held or deeply-seated hormonal, digestive, or other physical imbalances or dis-ease in their health. Improper attention to health of the mother through deep rest in this delicate period of time can result in decline of overall health for the mother into her years of old age.
From a relationship with Madeline, a pregnant woman or new mother can expect care like:
- Prenatal diet, lifestyle, and herbal advice by trimester and individual constitution/experience
- Postpartum care from an Āyurvedic perspective, which may include:
- abhyaṅga (whole body oil massage) for mama and baby
- other indicated herbal and/or bodywork practices, such as moxibustion, sitz baths, and/or yoni steams
- diet plans, recipes, and cooking for mama 40 days (6 weeks) postpartum
- herbal formulations
- belly wrapping and “closing of the bones” ceremony
It’s also extremely important and valuable to remember mothers and grandmothers of all ages when considering care that women deserve during, and forever after, the potent offering she makes when creating, growing, and raising a human being. A woman is considered to be in the postpartum period for their entire experience in motherhood. Most of the treatments offered above, especially abhyaṅga with focus on the womb and pelvic area, will deeply benefit those who have been mothers for years and did not have proper immediate postpartum care and restructuring. It is much too often in today’s reality that women are expected, by themselves or others, to return to work and daily tasks soon after the birthing process. This attitude can be hugely detrimental to the hormonal and physical re-balancing a woman requires after undergoing one of the most physically demanding and intense experiences a human being can endure. Any mother, no matter their age or the age of their children, is welcomed to and encouraged to take advantage of the postpartum and other services offered here. It would truly be an honor to serve you in this way.
To schedule an initial conversation about prenatal or postpartum care, or for any questions, write to us here.