Ayurveda for pregnancy


Ayurvedic methods or practices, if followed during pregnancy, will lead to a complication-free delivery.
Ayurveda starts working from selection of life partner and preparation before conception to postpartum period. Counseling, physical and mental preparation before pregnancy is also described in which panchakarma (cleansing) procedures followed by rejuvenation therapies are explained.

A protocol, which is called Garbhini paricharya has given a detailed description of aahar (nutrition), vihar (life style) and vichar (thought process) to be followed by a women during pregnancy.

Fetal Development:
Pregnancy brings an enormous change to a woman's life. It brings in happiness to the mother-to-be and leaves her with personifications about what her child would be like, from the day one after she breaks the 'good news'. Ayurveda described the changes in pregnancy in a different way.
The development of the fetus brings in changes in her physical and mental health, in a number of ways. Monthly description of fetal development is explained in different ways for example fetal heart is developed in forth month while mind is developed in fifth month of pregnancy and so on.

Post Partum Disorders:
The present statistics reveals the fact that the number of postpartum depressed women are increasing in number in both developing and developed countries in the world. Lots of health problems, such endocrine disorders, excessive weight loss or gain, chronic reproductive problems and even arthritis, started evolving in this postpartum time.

Garbhini Vyadhi:
Ayurveda describes the general management of pregnancy under Garbhini Vyakaran. Apart from listing the basic rules for diet, activities, behavior and mental activity (ahar, vihar, achar and vichar respectively), it also discusses the diseases in pregnancy and their treatment and so on. Special care needs to be taken during the time of pregnancy.


Garbhini Vyadhi


General management of pregnancy:
• Rules for diet, activities, behavior and mental activity (ahar, vihar, achar and vichar respectively)
• According to Ayurveda there are four stages of labor - Prajayini (First Stage), Upasthita Prasava (Second Stage),
  Prajayi Syamana (Third Stage) and Apara Patana (Fourth Stage). From the moment the pregnancy is confirmed,
  the woman is advised to follow certain rules and guidelines.
• The special regimens are prescribed for each month under Garbhini Paricharya. The general rule is to take greater care   during the first three months of pregnancy and after the completion of the seventh month.
• Any disease occurring in a pregnant woman should be treated with drugs that are mild in action, compatible and safe to
  the  foetus. Panchakarma (detoxifying procedures) should not be advocated, except basti (enema) and
  pichu (tampon) in the eighth and ninth months of pregnancy.

  Until the placenta is delivered, the delivery of the child is not considered complete. According to ayurveda, in case the   woman undergoes a surgerical delivery, she is likely to be affected by one or more of the 64 ailments listed in the Garbhini   Vyadhi. So, the best bet would be to follow all the strict regimens for not only to deliver healthy, physically strong, radiant and   well nourished baby, but also for you to remain healthy.
  Garbhopadravas (Common Diseases During Pregnancy):
The pregnant status of the woman can cause certain diseases. These diseases are peculiar to and are called   garbhopadravas. They are - nausea, anorexia, vomiting, fever, oedema, anaemia, diarrhoea and retention of urine. Each of   the diseases has their specific treatments mentioned elaborately in Ayurveda


Pregnancy Care In Ayurveda

Do's :
• It is very important for the mom-to-be to be in a cheerful and happy mood always and daily worshipping of God.
• Respect the elder persons.
• Every day wear neat and clean comfortable clothes.
• Lastly, sleep under a roof in a clean environment.
• Use flat footwear’s.

Don'ts :
• Excessive sex in the early or late stages of pregnancy (six weeks in first trimester and last six weeks in third trimester)
• Sleep pattern followed should be a normal one, i.e. sleep at night and stay awake during day time.
• Tight clothes and belts should be avoided.
• Do not watch TV or read a book that revolves around feelings of sorrow, anger, horror or agony.
• Though traveling is permitted, but if it’s a rough road, try to avoid.
• Bending or lifting heavy objects is objectionable during pregnancy.
• Avoid alcohol and do not binge on dry or stale meat.
• Beholding natural urges, unless in an emergency, is wrong and should not be done.