Pregnancy is not merely a physiological process. It is a great responsibility given naturally to us. Both, the father and the mother should be aware of this responsibility; and they should be prepared, physically and psychologically, to carry it. But, still, because the mother has got to carry the baby in her womb, nourish it, and most significantly, offer birth to the baby, additional responsibility rests upon her shoulders.
Ante-natal care as described in Ayurveda to facilitate the proper growth of the fetus and prepare the mother-to-be for an easy and stress-free delivery. It comprises monthly doctor consultations with special treatments.
The growth of the baby does not depend on mother’s diet and medication. The Vihar, i.e. behaviour of mother also plays an important role in it. In Ayurveda, some acts are considered as garbhopaghatkar bhaav means harmful to the fetus. Therefore, certain instructions regarding behaviour are given to every mother.
Food needs to be fresh and wholesome. Fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and dairy products are the mainstay of the diet. Eat organic, avoid packaged foods, irradiated foods or genetically engineered foods. Food should be delicious and usually cooked because it is easier to digest. Vegetable intake is extremely important. Dark, leafy greens like collards, kale, broccoli and green lettuces as well as squashes, sweet potatoes, and carrots should be eaten at least daily.
Ayurveda provides nutritionary recommendation additionally as practices like meditation, and issues for happiness, yoga asanas, and considerations for happiness. Herbs can be used to assist the pregnant mother to feel her optimum as well as overcome challenges. Extreme care must be exercised though when choosing to take herbs and several resources should be referenced before considering an herb safe to use. The trimester it is allowed, quantity and part of plant all need to be researched. Mothers who already practice Ayurveda will simply expand their knowledge and application while those new to Ayurveda will find it to be of assistance during their life changes.