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AWC 14: Prenatal & Postpartum Ayurveda

Course Description

Pregnancy and postpartum are extraordinary times in women’s lives that benefit from special guidance and attention. This course will lay the foundation for recommending basic ahara (diet) and vihara (lifestyle) for the mother. We will look at what is happening during each month of pregnancy according to western science and Ayurveda, and how we can adjust accordingly for each stage.

What do the classical texts say about pregnancy? How can we interpret ancient recommendations to be useful for modern life?

This course will cover pregnancy, birth, and the first two months postpartum. You will finish this module empowered and inspired to support women on their journey into motherhood with excellent health and the tools to handle imbalances.

Covered Topics

  • Diet and lifestyle guidance for pregnancy and postpartum
  • Tools to support women in labor
  • How to treat common pregnancy and postpartum ailments with food & other natural methods
  • Simple yoga asanas, breathing practices and meditations for each stage of pregnancy and postpartum
  • Month by month view of pregnancy
  • Adapting ahara and vihara for pregnancy and postpartum
  • Menu planning
  • Abhyanga
  • Kitchen herbal remedies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to provide ahara (diet) and vihara (lifestyle) guidance for women in pregnancy
  • Be able to recommend dietary suggestions and “kitchen herbs” for at least five common pregnancy ailments, i.e. morning sickness, back pain, fatigue, and constipation.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with marma points for labor and delivery
  • Display understanding of women’s unique physiological and emotional states in postpartum and how to support them with ahara (diet) and vihara (lifestyle) recommendations.
  • Ayurvedic practices to support labor and birth
  • Marma points
  • Essential oils
  • Yoga asanas, breathing practices and meditations for each stage of pregnancy and postpartum

Course Instructor

Dr. Margo Bachman

Sevanti Institute Instructor

Dr. Margo Bachman, DACM, LAc  is a licensed acupuncturist, Ayurvedic practitioner and clinical director Wild Rose Medicine Acupuncture and Ayurveda. She received her Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Margo has been passionate about natural medicine and healing for over twenty-five years. She is a woman’s health and fertility expert that has studied extensively and practiced acupuncture, Ayurveda, herbal medicine and yoga therapy for decades and is dedicated to improving the health of others. Margo is the author of Yoga Mama Yoga Baby; Ayurveda and Yoga for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth.  She lives in in Colorado with her husband and two children.