Author: Sairupa Krishnamurti
The beauty of the human structure has always given me a sense of awe. We are whole beings with a deeply interconnected system of organs, hormones, rivers of blood, and channels of life-force that allow us to move, feel, breathe and live. Part of what I love to do as a Naturopathic Doctor & Ayurveda Practitioner in one- on- one sessions- is acknowledge this wholeness and share/teach information on the anatomy and physiology of internal organs. So many of us grow up without this knowledge! We often don’t get taught where our organs are located, let alone how they function, or what their purpose is. As part of a bigger picture of encouraging self-care/agency around our bodies and health, I believe we all deserve to have access to body-literacy. One of my favourite organs to talk about is the uterus. Regardless of the gender(s) you identify with – if you have a uterus – you might be interested in some of these magical facts about this very special organ.
The Mystical Uterus
- The uterus is connected to the lunar cycle! For folks that menstruate, the uterus releases blood approximately every 28 days (though- of course this varies depending on your own body)
- It’s the strongest muscle of the body with layers of muscle tissue spiraling in all directions
- The uterus is a hollow pear shaped organ that sits behind the bladder
- Typically, it’s not something you would be able to feel with your own hands (unless your pregnant). It sits behind the pubic bone and is attached to the ovaries on either side
- During pregnancy the uterus grows a second magical organ called a placenta – which gives nourishment to a fetus. The uterus is the only organ that can grow and make space for another organ!
- The uterus can stretch from it’s original pear size to the size of a large balloon during pregnancy- sometimes to accommodate multiple little babies!
- During labour/ birth the uterus exerts strong contractions that push a baby out into the world
- After birth- the uterus will shrink back to it’s original size within about 6 weeks post-partum
- Each and every human comes into this world because of a uterus
Nourishment and Creativity: Tips to Care for your Uterus Health
- If you are having reproductive health concerns consider implementing a self-care day into your week. Reflect on activities that give you a sense of calm and peace: make a herbal tea, a nourishing soup, or create art in ways that feel good for you.
- Track your period. Know when your period comes by using a calendar, or an app. Get to know how you feel before your cycle/ during your cycle: emotions, energy, pain, head-aches, heaviness of bleeding, etc . (share this info with your health practitioners).
- Try to get better rest during your period. Go to sleep earlier and say “no” to extra work, physical or social activities in order to prioritize a slower and restorative pace.
- During your period – keep your lower back and hips warm by wrapping your lower back and hips with a blanket, or keep a hot water bottle on your back or pelvis.
- Drink warm herbal teas during your period with digestive spices like cumin, fennel, coriander and fresh ginger.
- Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Nutrition can all help with improving reproductive health – seek out support if you need!