Motherhood is a special phase in a woman’s life and is a bliss if the woman is healthy throughout pregnancy . Pregnancy brings physical and psychological changes which can cause discomfort and woman is not able to enjoy this precious period .
Ayurveda recommends ‘ Garbhini Paricharya ’ i.e. Care and regimen during pregnancy which aids in wellbeing of mother and child .
There are certain conditions which every woman faces during pregnancy . These common complaints can be taken care of with Ayurvedic remedies .
MORNING SICKNESS ( Nausea , Vomiting ) :
This occurs during early weeks of pregnancy and usually subsides by third month .
Cooled decoction of tender leaves of mango and blackberry ( jamun ) mixed with honey should be taken .
Electuary prepared with lemon juice , jujube , seeds of pomegranate , sugar and honey should be licked .
Licking the paste of white sandalwood with gooseberry juice , mint and honey is helpful .
Pulp of wood apple ( bilva ) with curd and sugar should be taken frequently .
Ginger with lemon juice and rock salt in small quantities ( ginger jullienes steeped in lemon juice with rock salt can be kept in a jar ) .
Seeds of pomegranate can be chewed .
Mix powders of dry ginger , cumin , celery with jaggery and honey and a pinch of it to be kept in mouth .
Tamarind pulp with sugar , coriander powder and ginger is helpful .
Lukewarm water for drinking .
Water treated with small cardamom or fennel or coriander should be taken at regular intervals .
Gulkand ( Rose jam ) with milk at bedtime relieves constipation.
Decoction of Triphla ( three myrobalans ) is helpful .
Milk treated with fennel , taken with 1 teaspoon of ghee at bedtime .
Licorice with dry grapes and milk should be taken .
Intake of fluids ie milk , buttermilk , lemon water , fresh juices , soups etc and salads , fruits should be increased .
URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS :
Coconut water , sugarcane juice , grape juice are helpful .
Seeds of cucumber with crystal sugar ( mishri ) relieves the burning micturition .
Powder of Lotus seeds and water caltrops should be taken .
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.
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 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 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 .