Let’s First Understand What Is Garbh Sanskar and Why Is It Done?
As per ancestral beliefs, a child’s mental and spiritual growth starts while he is still in the womb. It is also believed that at this time the baby’s personality also takes shape. This culture and the knowledge which dates back to Ayurveda is now even affirmed scientifically. Science has begun to admit that a fetus is a very responsive and evolving life form efficient enough of understanding and reacting to external stimuli. Also, a study has shown that 60 – 65 percent of a baby’s brain development happens inside the womb itself.
Garbh Sanskar has existed and believed in India since the ‘Vedic’ period. In Indian culture, it is firmly believed that moral education should commence when the child is not even born. According to Ayurveda, Garbha Sanskar is one of the greatest ways to give birth to a sound and healthy baby. It’s all about the mother of the child keeping herself physically and mentally in a sound state of mind. So in simple language, Garbh Sanskar basically means training and educating the child and inculcating optimistic thoughts and values while the baby is still within the mother’s womb.
Ayushakti Brings You a Few Tips on Women’s Health Care During Pregnancy:
Ayurvedic Garbh Sanskar recommends a set of practices which includes:
- Reading spiritual books
Read some spiritual books loudly to allow the baby to hear you. Don’t be astonished, your baby can listen to you when he is 7 months of age in your womb. Not only that, the baby can react to the outside sounds too. Reading out a religious book will inculcate optimistic thoughts and beliefs in him. Your mind will also feel some peace, harmony, and calmness. It is recommended to avoid reading the horror or thriller genres, so as to maintain a calm and serene state of mind.
- Eating Healthy
Dietary management is a vital perspective of pregnancy, as the growth and development of the fetus depend upon the well-being and nutrition of the mother. The child in the womb eats what you consume. Whatever you consume, good or bad it will have a direct impact on your baby. According to Ayurveda, a well-balanced diet full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals is prescribed. The food items for an expecting mother should have a fair amount of iron, calcium, and folic acid. Sattvic food also known as pure vegetarian diet is a kind of diet an expecting mother should take. It refers to a freshly made nutrient-rich meal that involves all 5 tastes, i.e, sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and pungent.
- Listen to music
This is another brilliant way to bring happiness to your baby. Studies show that if a mother plays music that she loves, it relaxes her and reduces the stress she’s feeling. The babies in the womb really enjoy music. Also, there are numerous scientific studies that speak about the reality that music makes the baby in the womb more intelligent, though this is yet debatable. Nevertheless, experts do accept that a mother’s anxiety and stress can pass on to the baby by way of hormonal fluctuations, and thus relaxing music can positively help. This is a very basic and valid reason why many mothers prefer to listen to religious and holy music when they are expecting.
- Do light yoga exercises and meditation
Light and easy yoga exercises enhance flexibility, promote blood circulation and decrease backaches during pregnancy. Pranayama or different types of breathing practices help to calm and relax the body.
Meditation is an essential aspect of Garbh Sanskar and is advantageous for the mind and body as it de-stresses the mind and helps the body as well. It includes getting into the ‘zero states of mind’, which can help bring calmness and tranquility and improve concentration. Imagining good things about the baby while you meditate is also a magnificent way to bond and imagine positively, which can help both you and the baby.
- Be positive and direct your creativity
Staying positive and artistic during your pregnancy will keep you carefree and as per Garbh Sanskar’s beliefs, this creativity gets transferred on to your child too. Singing mantras and positive statements and engaging yourself in hobbies like drawing, singing, painting, dancing, pottery, gardening can be excellent stress busters and keep you satisfied and happy through your pregnancy. So embrace these exercises and begin Garbh Sanskar at home for comprehensive physical, emotional and spiritual growth of your baby and peaceful pregnancy.
Here Are a Few Food Items That You Should Avoid During Pregnancy:
- Curd & Red Meat
- Sour & Fermented
- Caffeine, Alcohol, and Drugs
- Reduce intake of wheat
Diet to Follow During Pregnancy:
- Soaked nuts like – Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios.
- Juicy Sweet fruits like kiwi
- Eat Blueberries
- Milk products (if not allergic)
- Sweet fruits
- Soaked nuts especially almonds, apricot, figs, and dates 20 per day mixed with cardamom
- High protein diet including vegan protein powders
Diet – Foods to focus on Calcium rich and Muscle Nourishing Diet:
- If eating meat – Egg, White meat, and fish are fine.
- Herbs like mint, clove, thyme, rosemary, ashwagandha, and cinnamon can be taken as a tea to help build muscle and blood.
- Add 5 tsp. of ghee, coconut oil, or olive oil to the food to be used as an extra topping in the food.
Home Remedy – to Stop Vomit & Nausea:
1 TSP – Fennel Seed Powder
1 TSP – Coriander Powder
1 TSP – Cumin Powder
1 TSP – Amalaki Powder
¼ TSP – Licorice Powder
Boil it with two glasses of water, cool down, and drink throughout the day, don’t filter.
Take this home remedy only once you consult with an Ayushakti doctor.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Rajeshri Mehta
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd