Post Natal Care And Ayurveda

Motherhood is a special and joyous moment in every woman’s life. But this is possible if her health is taken care of during postnatal period. 

The postnatal period or Puerperium is called ‘Sutika kala” and woman is called ‘Sutika’ in Ayurveda. A woman is called ‘Sutika’ only after the placenta is expelled during labour. The duration of ‘Sutikakala’ is usually 1-1/2 month (45 days).

Great emphasis has been laid on post natal care i.e. Sutika Paricharya , as during this period she restores her health and strength. Ayurveda compares the condition of woman after childbirth with that of a pot filled with oil up to brim. If the pot becomes unstable, the oil spills. So, if proper care is not taken during postnatal period , her health deteriorates. 

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Importance of Post Natal Care (Sutika Paricharya)

*  To bring the woman’s health status to the pre pregnant state, as due to growth of the baby and the pain & blood loss during delivery, there is weakness & loss of vital elements from the body.

*  To prevent the complaints during Sutika kala such as

       1. UTI
       2. Backache
       3. Loss of appetite
       4. Thirst
       5. Anxiety
       6. Anger
       7. Disturbed sleep
       8. Depression, etc.

Post Natal Care (Sutika Paricharya)

Diet Tips

*  She should be given Ghee (clarified butter) or Til oil (Sesamum) mixed with Panchkola according to her digestive power.

*  After digestion of the above mixture give her rice gruel or milk medicated with panchkola or Vidharigandhadi Gana (i.e mixture of Shatavari,Gokshur,Punarnava,Bala etc.)

*  Along with this give ‘Gudodaka’ or jaggery water for 5-7 days.

*  After 7th  day give her strength giving and easily digestible food e.g. sixty day rice, meat soup of forest dwelling animals, etc.

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Post Natal Disorders And Ayurveda


Nowadays one can commonly hear the complaints of backache, lethargy, appetite disturbance, mood swings, pain in abdomen off and on, specially from newbie mothers. On probing, these could be related to post natal period. These complaints fall under Sutika roga or Puerperal disorders.

Sutika Roga


The disorders afflicting the puerperal woman are called Sutika roga or Puerperal (post natal) disorders.

These are 74 in number and include all the disorders from vaginal injuries during delivery to general and infective disorders and also complications likely to arise due to puerperal diseases.

The body of puerperal woman becomes languid due to overexertion caused by continuous strong labor pains, vitiation of doshas, exhaustion of indriyas (conative and cognitive organs), decrease in sara (essence) of dhatus and blood loss .

If proper care is not taken during delivery and post natal period, slight vitiation of doshas lead to disorders and complications.


The factors responsible for post natal disorders are

* Suppression of natural urges eg urination, defaecation, sneezing etc
Excessive sleeping during daytime
* Going out during night
* Sudden fall from height
* Jealousy, grief, anger, fear
* Incompatible food
* Indigestion

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