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Pregnancy kashayams

For both my pregnancies my mother was very keen in my diet. During the first one I was staying with my mother but for the second one I was in my own home. But she never missed to give me these kashayams everyday night. As she stayed nearby she would make sure to send the kashayam everynight and I have to take it before sleep. Since every kashayam is a treat to your tastebuds and you can experience the nice

changes it brings within you to ease up the pregnancy diffculties I have never said a NO for them. This is a pracitce in North coastal Tamilnadu

(Cuddalore) in every household. Starting from the day one of 7th month of the pregnancy these kashayams will be given.The ingredients are simple and is part of every kitchen.
The following kashayams will be given every night before sleep to the pregnant woman. Since there are 6+1 types of kashayams the cycle will be

repeated till the baby is delivered. All kashayams should be filtered before serving.

Day 1:
1 teaspoon Jeera
2 inch x 2 inch block of palm jaggery (karupatti in Tamil)
2 cups of water

Dry roast the jeeragam in a wide skillet. Once the auroma comes add the water and palm jaggery block. Let it simmer and reduce to 1/2 cup.

Switch off the stove and serve it warm.

Day 2:
1 teaspoon Methi seeds
2 inch x 2 inch block of palm jaggery (karupatti in Tamil)
2 cups of water

Dry roast the Methi seeds in a wide skillet. Once the auroma comes add the water and palm jaggery block. Let it simmer and reduce to 1/2 cup.

Switch off the stove and serve it warm.

Day 3:
4 stems of Curry leaves (remove the leaves and use the stems alone. Each stem should be 10 inch in size)
2 inch x 2 inch block of palm jaggery (karupatti in Tamil)
2 cups of water

Add the water and palm jaggery block along with the water and curry leaf stems in a wide skillet. Let it simmer and reduce to 1/2 cup. Switch off

the stove and serve it warm.

Day 4:
4 stems of Drumstick leaves (remove the leaves and use the stems alone. Each stem should be 10 inch in size)
2 inch x 2 inch block of palm jaggery (karupatti in Tamil)
2 cups of water

Add the water and palm jaggery block along with the water and drumstick leaf stems in a wide skillet. Let it simmer and reduce to 1/2 cup. Switch

off the stove and serve it warm.

Day 5:
1 teaspoon Somb
2 inch x 2 inch block of palm jaggery (karupatti in Tamil)
2 cups of water

Dry roast the Somb in a wide skillet. Once the auroma comes add the water and palm jaggery block. Let it simmer and reduce to 1/2 cup. Switch

off the stove and serve it warm.

Day 6:
1/2 inch piece of  dry ginger (sukku in Tamil) crushed slightly
2 inch x 2 inch block of palm jaggery (karupatti in Tamil)
2 cups of water

Add the crushed dry ginger piece with the water and pal jaggery in a wide skillet. Let it simmer and reduce to 1/2 cup. Switch off the stove and serve it warm.

Day 7:
Lavang – 7 nos with the head part removed (This kashayam alone will be given once in a month. On the seventh month it starts with 7 lavangh and it is incresed as 8 nos by 8th and 9 by 9th. This kashayam should be had only once in a month. Hence the other kashayams are repeated the entire month.

2 inch x 2 inch block of palm jaggery (karupatti in Tamil)
2 cups of water

Dry roast the Lavang in a wide skillet. Once the auroma comes add the water and palm jaggery block. Let it simmer and reduce to 1/2 cup.

Switch off the stove and serve it warm.

These kashayams eases up urination and cures the edima especially in the lower limbs in the later months of pregnancy. These should be strictly had only after the start of seventh month.

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27 comments on “Pregnancy kashayams

  1. Bless you for sharing very useful recipes:)

  2. These are some very useful recipes, thank you so much for sharing them!:)

  3. hey many thanks for the lovely info. sounds very useful!

  4. Wpuld let my sister know abt this. Thank you so much!
    Sure Kalva. It really helps. Personal experience twice

  5. i had my share of kashayams too but the kerala version of it..and i till today believ that theses were the cause for my short labour..

  6. Nirmala, it would be useful to add the medicinal values of these kashayams. Curry leaves and drum leaves kashayam have iron, phosperous and other minerals, jeera and saunf help digesion. sukku is to avoid cold, cough and fever.
    Jeera kashayam is also given to avoid false pain. Methi seeds are good to fight bacteria in the stomach.These ingredients are included in form of thogayal and rasams post pregnancy too! A good supply of minerals and vitamins naturally keep the body light and healthy helping in easy natural delivery!:))
    Thanks to your mother for all these useful kashayams.
    Thanks Aunty for making the post complete.

  7. Thank you for sharing these recipes. However, I have a question- Is it okay to use normal jaggery (available in most Indian stores) instead of palm jaggery.

  8. wow its a good thing you posted to share. thanks.

  9. Can you share any siddha medicine or home remedy to cure menstrual pain ?

    Thanks.

  10. HELLO IAM VERY LUCKY TODAY TO READ YOUR SITE. THANKS FOR YOUR VALUABLE INFIRMATION.

  11. Excellent tips.

  12. I am very happy to read this.

  13. Thank you so much for the information provided.

  14. Thank you madam for your knowledge share!!

  15. hi Nirmala…lovely info. Could you please elaborate on the following: 1. Is it ok to consume dry ginger during pregnancy? I have heard that it causes heat, etc. 2. This lavang kashyam…can be had only once a month would mean it comes as the 7th day kashyam and the repeat is only after a month. Is that correct?
    Thanks.
    1. Consuming dry ginger in very small amounts as an ingredietn in food is ok but should be had only once in a week or so. If you are sticking to these kashayams you don’t need to take it separately.
    2. You are right. Lavang kashayam is only once in a month.

  16. hey nirmala…i have some nice news for this particular post. I have had a normal delivery!!! thanks so much for sharing this piece of info…

  17. Hi Nirmala,
    No for my wife is 30 week . Is it ok to start now.

  18. Nice to see this kashayam. Thanks for my mom-in-law who gave me this when I was a pregnant, I without knowing what it is drank.

  19. hai, its very informative.thanks u sis

  20. hai, thankyou for this sharing because of which i had a esay delivery and my kutty is doing well. i also want to know is there any kashayam for feeding woman to proect the baby form cold, fivere and lose motion.

  21. Hi,
    Very informative. Should all these kashayams taken in empty stomach or after dinner.

  22. Thank you for your information. I just have a question. What is SOMB and LAVANG in english.

  23. Hi ,
    i am having gestational diabetes.and insulin dependant.. can i also have these kashyamas?

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