Ayurveda is the teaching of a long and healthy life. It is the holistic natural medicine from India. Which herbs and foods are recommended in Ayurveda during pregnancy? In ancient Ayurvedic texts we find regenerative agents mentioned in various places that help to strengthen the rejuvenating processes in the body. The unique effects and qualities of these so-called Rasayanas improve the functions of the tissues and organs. They promote thinking, memory, resistance and youthfulness. Some of these are known for their regenerating and strengthening effect on the reproductive organs and hormone balance. An example is Shatavari, also called women’s ginseng.
Infertility, infertility viewed from an Ayurvedic perspective
According to Ayurveda, infertility is often related to a lack of specific nutrients or underdevelopment of the reproductive organs. Tonifying therapy for infertility due to disturbed vata consists of an antivata and kapha-strengthening diet. Nutrient and strengthening foods used are milk and milk products, meat, fish, nuts and fats such as ghee (clarified butter) and sesame oil. Recommended Ayurvedic women’s tonics are Shatavari, Ashwagandha (Withania), Kumari (aloe gel), saffron, Yasthi-Madhu (licorice).
In general, kapha types are the most fertile. Disturbed kapha, on the other hand, can lead to congestive disorders or obesity. In such situations, energy-enhancing and circulation-promoting herbs are used. Examples are cinnamon, saffron, Sunthi (ginger), myrrh, Trikatu and Trifala with honey. Pitta types use saffron, Kumari (aloe gel) and Shatavari.
Pregnancy from an Ayurvedic perspective
During pregnancy, mild nutritional tonics may be recommended. Herbs with strong effects, emmenagogues and strong laxatives are avoided. Tonics such as Kumari (aloe gel) and Haldi (turmeric) are recommended for the expectant mother. Nerve tonics such as basil and Brahmi are good against muscle spasms and pain due to cramps and provide a relaxing effect. Shatavari strengthens the immune system of both the mother and fetus, Shatavari is considered the best herb to balance the endocrine system and strengthen the reproductive organs. Chyavanprash, a traditional tonic made from clarified butter (ghee) and Amalaki, is another way to boost the immune system. Raspberry leaves are good against nausea. Herbs that are not recommended during pregnancy include saffron and myrrh.
During pregnancy, the dosha balancing diet that suits the constitution is maintained. Commonly recommended foods include unleavened flat bread (chapati), white basmati rice, mung beans, fresh fruits and vegetables. Small meals, several times a day, are most suitable. Boiled organic milk with cinnamon, ghee and honey is nourishing and strengthening. Drink the milk before going to bed and start the day with it. According to Ayurveda, milk helps develop brain tissue. Make sure you get enough vitamin C and vitamin B in the form of a B complex.