Pregnancy is a journey . At the end a woman gives birth not only to a baby , but also to her own identity as a mother – Gayle Peterson
The intimate relationship between the physical and psychological wellbeing of a mother and her child has always been obvious . Motherhood is a memorable phase that is for lifetime – beginning from pre pregnancy care leading to pregnancy and post natal care .
In Ayurveda , pregnant woman is compared to a pot filled with oil . As slightest jerk can cause spilling of oil , similarly slightest carelessness can lead to various complications . Today’s changing lifestyle is a major cause of increased incidences of pregnancy complications . Ayurveda specifically describes the Antenatal and Postnatal regimen for safe motherhood and healthy child called ‘Garbhini Paricharya’ and ‘Sutika Paricharya’ respectively .
PRE PREGNANCY CARE :
Ayurveda describes woman as the epitome of the society as she is the progenitor . Health of the family and society depends on the health of the woman . Factors causing diseases in women are
Ayurveda describes that as proper season, fertile field, water and good quality seeds are essential for good crop, similarly the normal menstrual cycle, healthy female reproductive system, proper maternal nutrition and healthy sperm and ovum are requisite for conception and healthy child.
There are certain conditions which every woman faces during pregnancy. These common complaints can be taken care of with Ayurvedic remedies .
As the physiological status is altered during pregnancy , significant changes both in structure and function take place in all the organs . So special care for even minor complaints should be taken . Incidence of Pregnancy induced Hypertension (PIH) , Eclampsia , Gestational Diabetes etc is increasing now a days .
In these conditions , Ayurveda helps in limiting the maternal and fetal complications . Herbs are helpful as a supportive treatment along with the modern medicine under supervision.
POST NATAL CARE :
Post natal period is like a second birth for a woman . It is the period to replenish the vital elements lost during pregnancy and giving birth to the baby . Great emphasis has been laid on post natal care i.e. Sutika Paricharya , as during this period she restores her health and strength.
BREAST FEEDING :
Breast milk is the best nutrition a mother can give to her child. Feeding the child is the most satisfying and fulfilling experience for a mother . The child should be breastfed exclusively for first six months after birth . But when amount of breast milk decreases or is inadequate , it becomes very distressing.
Women and children are wealth of any nation . Attention should be given to Mother’s health not only during pregnancy, but throughout life . Ensuring their wellbeing and survival is crucial to the development of a society .