Successful Postpartum with Ayurveda
A successful postpartum involves complete recovery and rejuvenation of tissues after childbirth, healthy digestion and feeling happy and joyful about motherhood. Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, shines light on how to care for new mothers and their babies. Ayurveda understands the changes that women undergo during childbirth and what is required for proper recovery and rejuvenation. According to Ayurveda, one of the most sacred periods in a woman’s life is the 42 days (six weeks) after giving birth. This time is considered possibly more important than the pregnancy itself! This postpartum period is a unique window which calls for special care. Ayurvedic medicine embraces a broader scope of practice using ancient knowledge and skills to rejuvenate new mothers and their babies. Ayurveda is a way of living with the awareness that you are connected with the environment.
During pregnancy, tremendous changes happen physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The tendency in the modern culture is to regard pregnancy as nothing different than there is a baby growing inside and that life continues as usual, and it is common that women go back to work few weeks after the delivery, wanting to get back to their active life as soon as possible. The thing is that after childbirth, new mothers are as delicate as their newborn baby physically, mentally and emotionally for six weeks postpartum. In case of a C-section or complications, this period is longer. Thus, there is a great need for women to understand the importance of rejuvenation after childbirth; allowing time and space to turn their attention inward and to listen to their bodies.
Preparing For A Natural Pregnancy – Dr Neelesh Korde
The Best Time For Mating
Dr Neelesh Korde explains that the ancient Rishis recommended that the time between midnight and 3 am is most appropriate for mating as it is when nature is most still and calm. Child Birth is an important duty for every human being to fulfill. Pregnancy is not something that should happen by accident but rather be planned and prepared for. One must prepare their bodies by cleansing through the Pancha karma routine before mating in order to ensure that both partners are in the best health and they have detoxified their bodies which would then be ready to safely nourish and develop a strong and healthy child.
After childbirth, every new Mom’s digestive power is diminished and digestive issues are common such as irregular appetite, gas, bloating, constipation and abdominal cramps. Thus a new mother’s need for nourishing and delicious foods is very high. Appropriate nutrition during postpartum will minimize difficulties for both Mom and her breastfeeding baby.
Heidi Nordlund’s new Ayurvedic e-cook book called Cooking for Postpartum with Ayurveda is designed to correct the imbalances that naturally occur after childbirth and to support proper nutrition and rejuvenation for Mom and Baby. In addition to 35+ specialized Ayurvedic postpartum recipes, this cook book includes:
- The Ayurvedic view on postpartum
- Detailed lists of which vegetables, fruits, proteins, carbohydrates and fats to prefer during postpartum
- 14 things to avoid during postpartum
- The best formula recipe for babies
- Information about why ghee (clarified butter) is a must have in your kitchen
- Important things to know about cow’s milk
This cook book is essential in the hands of everyone who is cooking for a new Mom.
Available at www.LoveYourNewborn.com/shop/cookbook
Postpartum is often a challenging time for a new family. It is important to know that when the mother is happy, the rest of the family is also happy. When Mom knows how to take care of herself during this sacred time, she experiences great benefits such as:
- Faster recovery and rejuvenation
- Uplifted and positive state of mind
- Improved digestion (minimal constipation or gas)
- Proper elimination (no constipation)
- Enhanced milk supply
- Stronger immunity
- Deeper bonding with baby
- Easier relationship with husband
Postpartum depression affects about 15% of new moms (1 in 7 women). Approximately 4 million babies are born each year which means that at least 600,000 women in the U.S. suffer from postpartum depression annually. For 1000’s of years, Ayurveda has supported women during this sacred time offering the solutions for a successful postpartum.
About Heidi Nordlund
Heidi Nordlund is a Certified Advanced Practitioner of Ayurveda (Ayurved Bhishakgwar) with multiple degrees in Ayurvedic Medicine from Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in Boulder, CO and the Rocky Mountain Institute for Yoga and Ayurveda. Heidi is the founder of Namaskar Healing™, LLC and has been practicing for more than a decade. She is available for healing sessions and private consultations in person and via phone.
Heidi is a Certified Postpartum AyurDoula and is passionate about supporting women through their sacred postpartum window. Heidi understands the need for tender loving care during this special time and is grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of new mothers and that of their newborn baby.
Heidi is also a Tibetan Cranial Practitioner and Yoga Instructor and Therapist, and has earned certifications from the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque in herbal medicine (Dravyaguna Vijnan), clinical practicum, pulse reading (Nadi Vijnan) and healing of vital energy points (Marma Chikitsa).
The multifaceted developmental and healing modalities that Heidi offers are consistently effective in improving health and wellness resulting in enhanced vitality and well-being. Clients find inspiration and healing in her practical skills and caring wisdom resulting from many years of specialized training and practice.
Heidi was born and raised in Denmark; she moved to the United States in 2002 to engage with enduring dedication in an ongoing deepening learning and application of spiritual healing disciplines. Heidi continues to deepen and advance her spiritual connection through personal dedication to devotional practices.
“I am so very grateful for your presence in my life, Heidi. I am also ever grateful for the true healing on a deep level. The work you and I have done is nothing short of a miracle for me. I feel more awake and attuned to my spirit and earthly body than I have in many, many long years. Thank you!” Elizabeth B., Fort Collins, CO
“I cannot express to you, how grateful I am to have you in my life. I have felt the best ever in the last few weeks since we started treatment. I’m very excited for the next step in the journey with Ayurvedic herbs, and further cranial treatment.” Christina F., Longmont, CO
“The wisdom and sense of inner ease attained through Heidi’s professionalism, knowledge of Ayurveda and most of all her own wisdom, are priceless. My physical body has been transformed from the inside out in just two months of work with her. I feel blessed, confident and hopeful about my health and wellbeing in despite of Drs. Outlook.” Candice B., Denver, CO
“I don’t have words to thank you for the day I was lead and blessed to meet you, be guided in finally knowing how to eat, take care of my body, my mind, and my rhythms. I am finally content and peaceful being, being a mother, knowing these years are for my self love and mothering, and the future will unfold as my destiny appears to me along the path. We have four finally mantras we do in the morning now, one is “I see you, I hear you, I love you, I embrace you,” with corresponding gestures, and one is the Navajo song Now I walk in beauty. My husband and I are sweetly relating, I am full of self love and peace, and I am listening and graceful like I haven’t been in many years with him. We are restoring our deep friendship. You are truly an earth angel, and I’m so thankful you are following your destiny and offering your gifts. Thank you thank you thank you thank you.” Sarah L., Boulder, CO
“Through her excellent intuitive ability and her most compassionate, empathetic and astute sense of observation, she truly starts you on your own invaluable, individual journey to healing yourself on all levels. The simple suggestions along with the herbs she recommends in order to get you back into balance are so perfectly tailored to address your specific concerns and needs, it is uncanny – they all work! She is truly a blessing to this world.” J.J. Albany, NY
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.