Category Archives: perinatal

12 Factors for Baby’s Development

Ayurveda defines 12 factors contributing to the quality of baby’s development. Visualize if you can, how nutrition can influence all these 12 factors: 1) Paternal influence 2) Maternal influence 3) Soul/ past life karmas (aatmaja) 4) Agni – Tejas (physical and mental digestive strength) 5) Soma – Ojas quality (immunity strength) 6) Vayu – Prana…

4 Key Foods Throughout Pregnancy

According to Ayurveda, there are 4 key sattvic foods used in varied ways throughout pregnancy for most mamas: new basmati rice, pure ghee, butter and milk. These foods are naturally sattvic (harmonious and pure), building, easy on the digestion when properly used, and do not create mental and emotional negativity in their nature. For vegan…

Panchakarma — Ayurvedic Cleansing for Conception

To prepare for receiving the highest vibration soul and providing the healthiest new body for their baby, the mother and father both to need to calm and balance their doshas, eliminate ama and reduce rajas and tamas in their minds. This manifests as a need to purify body and emotions in some way. Ayurveda spells…

Ojas: The Essence of Baby’s Development

Ancient Ayurvedic texts by Vagbhat describe–in detail–embryonic nourishment at conception and for gestation by the 5 elements. They describe the seat of the soul as a sixth tissue (the nervous system), which is the next to last tissue in the sequence of tissue nutrition in the body. The quality of mind and connectedness to this…

AyurDoula’s Astrology

AyurDoulas sometimes can benefit from astrology in our practice. The current planetary influences can more easily create vitiations on the nervous system tissues, mind carrying channels, excess heat in body, mind and temper. Plan to be extra cautious with the mental/emotional health of clients and take precautions in diet and herbal formulation for balance. And…

Genetic Roulette

“Genetic Roulette”  is a free online, well done movie.   GMOs seriously affect babies children and adults with allergies, inflammatory bowel issues, reproductive issues and much more. This is the education I was waiting for, well done. Plan on about 1.5 hours, a notepad, some tea, and friends to watch it with?  Very well done,…

Finding Mama Medicine & Food in the Rose of Sharon

Today I snacked on a treat… sweet petals of “Rose of Sharon”, combined with a few iron rich Monukka raisins, pine nuts and I must admit, some dark organic chocolate, in sweet coconut milk.  Exquisite!   In the heat, that is all I wanted for a light supper actually.   But what are the medicinal…

Cool it with warmth – Crazy Idea?

Keeping Cool with warmth – crazy idea?  The common sense of it is known by the Egyptians, Ayurvedics and others in tropical countries. Early postpartum mamas often enjoy hot water bottles on tummy and lower back, maybe breasts or neck, even in hot summer weather.  I’ve seen it many times!  OK, I haven’t researched other cultures…

Warm Smoothies

Nourish postpartum mothers for lactation, strength and rejuvenation with warm smoothies.  Sound wierd?  They are delicious, or can be.  Here is a Mother’s Nourishing Oat Drink.  I would love to hear recipe play. Maya Tiwari’s cookbook, A Life of Balance has some good recipes to work with, and can use some modifications for the postpartum window.  …

Learn Safe Postpartum Herbals with Ayurved

Why is the ayurvedic compound, triphala and other laxatives contraindicated in early postpartum?  Mothers already have a strong downward energetic created from a vaginal birth and the natural body cleansing of the womb with bleeding after birth.  This downward flow we know in Ayurveda as apana vayu, which governs elimination, menstruation, birth, ejaculation, postpartum lochia,…