Holistic Selfcare Guide for Mothers To Be
Motherhood is a magical time that brings the joy of being able to raise an angel, coupled with pain that may not let you sleep for weeks! Issues like weight gain, backache, stretchmarks, pigmentation, hair fall and stress are all part and parcel of this wonderful yet taxing time that requires special care in terms of nutrition, skincare and overall well being for the mother.
Ayurveda,describes antenatal care as Garbhini Paricharya and post-natal care as Sutika Paricharya for a healthy and fulfilling motherhood. Taking note from the science that has been tried and tested for eons, here we address some important issues during pregnancy and how we can manage them effectively.
THE RIGHT NUTRITION DURING PREGNANCY
1. How to Monitor Weight Gain during Pregnancy?
While weight gain is a natural during pregnancy, it’s important to keep a check on healthy weight gain with the help of right nutrition. A healthful diet during pregnancy is one that contains the most essential nutrients your body needs and one that provides the right balance of macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients.
In general, pregnant women need around 2,200 calories to 2,900 calories from the diet a day depending on one’s body mass index and a gradual increase in calories as the baby grows is the right way. Therefore, “eating for two” is actually variable and dependent on the various phases of pregnancy.
Here is an overview of how to introduce extra calories during each trimester:
The first trimester does not require any extra calories, because weight gain is naturally 1-2 kgs in this early stage of pregnancy
An additional 340 calories, from the usual, a day are recommended in the second trimester of pregnancy
During the third trimester, 350-450 added calories are suggested.
When it comes to how to choose your additional calories, nutrient – dense, and fresh are the best foods for women at each stage. These foods include lean protein, whole grains, dairy, lush vegetables and fresh fruit.
CERTIFIED SAFE SKINCARE DURING PREGNANCY
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2. How to Relieve Stress, Mother’s to Be?
Stress is common during this new and often uncharted phase of life. Feeling of panic, irritation, frustration may happen as it’s a demanding time and sometimes hormonal changes create emotional turbulence. It’s important to understand these reasons behind varied emotions and manage them in a healthy, careful manner.
A gentle body massage and a soothing head massage are excellent to relieve the tension and stress that often accompanies pregnancy.
For a nutritious yet stress alleviating body massage, you can use the Balaswagandha Mother’s Body Massage Cold-pressed Oil. This 100% pure and Natural Ayurvedic oil has organically grown herbs including Anantmool, Renuka and Kumud. The oil is specifically designed for this special period considering the demands of your body and mind. A gentle massage, at least once or twice a week relieves the muscle tension and makes the skin beautifully toned, supple, firm and glowing.
A warm head massage with the Cold Pressed Virgin Almond Oil is one highly recommended for stress relief but also to nourish and strengthen hair from within its roots. It is the purest form of Almond Oil which is extracted by the labour intensive and traditional method of Cold Pressing. It is often noticed that pregnant women experience hair fall post giving birth, a regular head massage is a great preventive measure.
3. How to Treat Back Pain:
Back pain can be experienced during any stage of the pregnancy; however, it most commonly occurs during the later stages when the weight of the baby increases. Hormonal changes, additional weight, and change in posture are some of the causes for this back pain.
Instead of taking the chemical route of painkillers, we suggest the most traditional recipe for back pain relief with the warmed Kshthyathailam Mother’s Back pain Massage Oil. This age old, tried and tested Ayurvedic recipe specifically targets pains in the lower back and legs that come with motherhood.The main ingredients are the leaves of the Betel nut and the Drumstick plant known for their penetrative and effective qualities to ease pain, while being completely safe and natural.
4. How to Avoid Stretch Marks During Pregnancy?
A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when the skin stretches or shrinks quickly – natural of course during pregnancy or any other rapid weight gain/loss. The hasty changes cause the rupture of collagen and elastin, which support our skin. As the skin heals its way back to its original state, stretch marks may appear.
The Mother’s Stretch Marks Oil Nalpamarathy Keram is a completely organic stretch mark oil that contains Green Turmeric and Kachura amongst its varied ingredients, in a base of Virgin Coconut Oil.
This should be applied on all the areas where marks and blemishes are imminent, for instance on your belly. Leave the oil for thirty minutes and then gently wipe off with a warm towel.
Regular use leaves the skin clean and supple with no marks.
Dr. Taruna Yadav
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.).
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