Ayurvedic Guidelines for Healthy Pregnancy

Ayurvedic Guidelines for Healthy Pregnancy

The nine month tenure of Pregnancy is the most vital period for both Mother and the Child (present in the womb of the mother). Thus to attain a healthy Pregnancy, Ayurveda has mentioned many useful information to overcome the obstacles which the pregnant lady may have to face during this period.

At present time, we have more number of nuclear families and so mostly the pregnant lady doesn’t have the proper information regarding diet during pregnancy. Thus, in this regard we are explaining certain Healthy tips for pregnancy care (month wise) which will guide them to for maintaining a healthy pregnancy –

* During First, second and third Month – Most women experience Nausea and Vomiting and thus cannot take proper diet.

So during this period it is very important to pacify the vata dosha otherwise if the vata dosha is not checked then can cause Miscarriage. Thus  licorice should be taken with butter and honey . Similarly in the second month Milk with some herbs like Kakoli (Gymnema balsamicum ) should be taken .

In this period one should consume a sweet, light and liquid diet. Such diet prevents dehydration which may cause due to excessive vomiting and provides nourishment too. Also One can consume Rice cooked with milk (Paayasam), milk with honey, Khichari , fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables.

* During Fourth and Fifth Month – In this period the muscular tissue of the fetus grows and so it requires more proteins.

So during this period powder of Shatavari ( Aspagarus racemosus ) and Yastimadhu ( glycrriza glabera ), 5gm each  if taken with milk twice daily will help a lot .

Again in this period one should contain Protein rich diet and edible food like spinach ,cabbage ,sprouts ,white butter ( extract from milk ) ,broccoli , fresh cheese , eggs ,all kinds of nuts ,banana , papaya , carrot , soyabean, rice with milk ( paayasam) , vegetable soup etc.

* Sixth Month – By the end of the second trimester most of the woman suffers from edema of feet and complication related to water accumulation in the body.

Thus during this period Gokshur ( Tribulus terrestris – is a good diuretic and thus prevents retention of water ) powder 5 gms  can be take with ghee . Also powder of Shatavari , Yasti madhu  and shigru ( moringa oleifera )  should be boiled with milk and taken.

The use of medicated ghee Like Shatavari ghee is also suggested during this period onward.

Apart from this continue with the protein rich diet as been suggested above .Along with this one can consume sweetened yogurt during this period.

* Seventh Month – During this period the women need the food and herbs which suppress the Pitta and the Kapha Doshas , which are Diuretic , Anabolic and relieve emaciation.

The herbs like AShwagandha ( withania Somnifera ) , Bala mool ( Sida cardifolia ) ,Satavari ,Gokshuradi Churan are very useful during this period. Also the tablets like Sapthamrit loha , Dhatri loha and yastimadhu are very useful.

In diet continue with the protein rich diet and foods like cereals, lentils, tofu, peas, fresh cheese , soya ,sugar and rice.

* Eighth Month – During the eighth month most women experience constipation, thus Anulomana that is regulating of vayu (proper bowel movement) and pacifying the vata is also very important.

So, Enema therapy during this period is very good. Firstly the kshaya Enema (With Decoction of herbs) should be administer followed by Medicated oil enema. (This should be done under the guidance of Physician only).Also Yasti madhu and satavari should be consumed regularly. Use of dried Grapes is also beneficial at this time.

Kheer (Rice Gruel ) prepared with milk and some amount of clarified butter may b used along with the diet suggested for the seventh month.

* Ninth Month – Again during this period pacifying the Vata dosha is very important.

In this periods anuwasan Basti with oils ( medicated oil enema ) and also enema with satavari ghee should be administered. Yastimadhu and Satavari should be consumed regularly.

(Use of enema relieves the constipation and also it affects the autonomous nervous system governing the myometrium. Also it regulates the movement of vayu in its right direction, which eases the delivery and ensures a delivery free from complications. )

During this period excess amount of ghee should be taken along with the diet suggested for the seventh and eighth month. Different varieties of cereals should be consumed. Regular use of soups is advised.

Here by we have described in short the month wise pregnancy care as per ayurveda (the herbs and the food.

This is Dr. Arindham Chatterjee an Ayurvedic Physician. Cure porblems through ayurveda, ayurvedic medicine, yoga, panchakarma and ayurvedic therapies.For more information visit our website or read what’s new.

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