Pregnancy is considered to be one of the most important stages in a woman’s life, one that requires tremendous care, attention and looking after. Though there are a number of different philosophies on how you can take care of yourself while pregnant, Ayurveda principles regarding care during pregnancy are considered to be truly holistic and multi-dimensional.
The principles, concepts and management of pregnancy have been discussed under `Garbhini Vyakaran’ or `Garbhini Paricharya’ which stresses on the fact that there is a need to provide proper care to the woman much before she actually becomes pregnant. The same care and attention is required even after the child is born to make sure that both the mother and the child are healthy and happy.
Ayurveda believes that several vital elements play a crucial role in affecting both the mother as well as the child, thus contributing in a safe pregnancy. Hence, attention must be given to each of them. And these include healthy, proper and correct Ahara (diet and nutrition), Vihara (activities and lifestyle), and Vichara (thoughts and beliefs).
Common Ailments During Pregnancy
There are some diseases that affect almost all women while they are pregnant. Some of these include vomiting, excessive nausea, fever, diarrhea, anemia, etc. Ayurveda offers treatments, herbal medicines and cure for all of them.
As mentioned earlier, pregnancy care comprises of careful attention to several factors that assist in making both the mother and the fetus strong and healthy. As the pregnancy progresses through each month, there is growth and development of the fetus and this is the reason why it is important for the mother to consume a wholesome and healthy diet as well as follow correct eating habits. The pregnancy guide stresses upon providing proper care in relation to both the diet as well as lifestyle parameters of the pregnant woman.
•Avoid fasting and over eating.
•Eat healthy, fresh and easily digestible Satvic foods such as seasonal fruits, green leafy vegetables, ghee, milk, milk products, raisins, and food items that are high in protein, minerals and vitamins. Pregnancy care also recommends consuming herbs like Aamla and Shatawari during this period.
•Opt for a diet that includes all six basic tastes – sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent.
•Stay away from alcohol and do not smoke. •Avoid stale, fried, spicy, and old food.
•In case pregnancy is associated with constipation, a mild herb laxative like Liquorice powder and Rose preparation of Gulkanda may be taken along with glassful of milk.
•Your lifestyle and daily activities also need to be monitored for a healthy pregnancy.
•Avoid lifting heavy objects, especially during the first few months.
•Do not stress yourself, both physically and mentally.
•Wear clothes that are comfortable and loose.
•Keep a happy mental attitude and relax yourself more often.
•The pregnancy guide also strongly prohibits curbing of the natural body urges.
•Refrain from excessive sex during the early and late stages of pregnancy. The way you think and feel has a direct effect on the child. Hence, pregnancy recommendations lay emphasis on maintaining a positive and happy disposition of the mind all through the nine months of pregnancy. Do not bring negative thoughts in your mind and avoid talking, watching or listening to negative things.
The way you think and feel has a direct effect on the child. Hence, pregnancy recommendations lay emphasis on maintaining a positive and happy disposition of the mind all through the nine months of pregnancy. Do not bring negative thoughts in your mind and avoid talking, watching or listening to negative things.
About the Author
Dr. Sonica Krishan is an Author, Freelance Health Writer, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach based at Chandigarh, India. She has a Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and also an Advance Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga. She has authored three natural home cure books: Herbal Healers, Home Remedies, and Healing through Ayurveda. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website http://www.herboveda.co.in.
Note – Information presented in this article is solely for the purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a qualified health professional.