Tuesday, January 22, 2013


When my pregnancy/this winter began in earnest, the temperatures were in the -30s regularly, the air was dry, I felt extra hungry, and the little organism inside me was leeching all available hydration to, like, grow and stuff. I began drinking more water, and sipped more tea whenever I felt chilled, but I felt off. I noticed I was moisturizing my face sometimes three or four times a day, and that's when I began searching for ways to re-balance whatever was off-balance.
I found an easy solution in the most likely of places, of course.
Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga and had a remedy waiting for me. My constitution had become unbalanced. I was harbouring far to much vata energy, as ayurveda helped me understand. (You can have a predominantly pitta, vata or kapha dosha). 
Ayurveda pays particular attention to what kinds of food we ingest, and it qualifies foods in terms of what warms and what cools the body. You can guess what I needed to increase.

I began putting effort into ingesting more warming foods: teas, of course, but particularly chai, ones with cinnamon cardamom, ginger and nutmeg. Foods cooked, served warm, and easily digested are at the top of the list. Winter comfort foods are a major vata 'do.' (Casseroles made with whole foods, hearty vegetables, a little turmeric, the usual)
In ayurveda, what we do in the first moments of the morning are understood to set the body up for the day. How we clean, the first foods we ingest, how our circulation gets activated and what kind of mood we're in make an imprint on the day's progress. With that in mind, I am trying to remember to begin my day with a quick ear massage before I even sit up in bed to get the good energy a-flowing: start at the top and work your way down to the lobes using your thumb and forefinger while breathing deeply. Bliss.
When I go to the kitchen to prepare the babies' bottles, I simultaneously drink a tall glass of room-temperature to lukewarm water with a slice of lemon. This is said to be a two-for-one bonus ayurveda kick-start to the day, because the warm water gently activates the gastrointestinal tract, while the lemon helps loosen toxins from the bloodstream.
I also made sure to start small, when it comes to my first meals. I am eating for two, but my mornings involve waking up three little girls who also need breakfasts, diaper changes, cuddles and attention, so everything needed to come together to equal an easy, but nourishing start to the day, body and soul. I started having a small bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, nutmeg, flax seed and a bit of maple syrup to sweeten it. Abby has been joining me on this as well, and we're both feeling full longer.

Either before or after the girls awake, we have always made sure to brush our teeth. Ayurveda high fives this practice as well, although it suggests rinsing and spitting with olive oil, and taking extra time to scrape the tongue. I can't very well afford to be rinsing with olive oil, but I can start excavating the tongues in this house! (That sounds gross)
My skin is still plagued with dryness, but I have noticed improvement. Each morning I was my face with warm water and a washcloth, and apply moisturizer while my skin is still damp. I have been alternation morning and night with using a pure vitamin E face cream with a new rose petal oil infusion at night. 
It seems obvious, but I'm also just trying to keep warm: extra layers, blankets, candles (not as a combination!), a brisk walk every day, and lots of hugs and cuddles.
I've noticed an overall difference and I feel warmer in every sense. It feels good to be engaging in some self-care during this introspective pregnancy journey.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting such type of post related to ayurvedic medicine.This post is more help for our life.


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