Ayurveda says that pregnancy should be well-planned. Ideally preparation should start at least 6 months before conception. The couple should undergo an Ayurveda panchakarma detox to balance their respective bioenergies, followed by rejuvenating medicines to replenish and nourish the tissues. Sattvic diet, such as freshly cooked vegetables, fruits, grains, milk and ghee, and regular practice of yogic postures and meditation are best in creating an environment that welcomes a divine soul into this planet.
A harmony in the mind, body and environment of pregnant women should be maintained as whatever a pregnant mother sees, tastes, touches, hears and smells will influence the child.
Ayurveda recommends sattvic diet to elevate the subtle energy of the mother. Sattvic diet will create a more settled state of mind, ideal health and vitality. Expectant mothers should eat freshly-cooked food and avoid hot, spicy food, leftovers, processed food, artificial flavours, and chemical additives. Broccoli, potato, uncooked or under-cooked beans and lentils should be consumed wisely as some people may experience bloating and gas after consuming them.
Listening to harmonious music, mantra chanting, watching inspiring spiritual videos, meditation, pregnancy yoga and practising yoga nidra as well as having a loving, supportive and caring company will keep a pregnant lady elevated and uplifted.
Relax the body and soothe the Vata by having a full body self massage using sesame oil followed by a warm bath or shower. Then, set up a regular sleep pattern preferably from 10pm to 6am. Develop a habit of talking to the baby in your womb. Read him/her inspiring stories of enlightenment as it will help love, kindness, compassion and positive values to grow.
Aparna K. BAMS, MD, PhD
Consultant advisor for development of Oneworld Ayurveda and visiting physician
Aparna is one of the few specialists in the world with a PhD in Ayurveda. Born into an Ayurvedic family which operates a traditional Ayurvedic Panchakarma hospital in Kerala, India, she grew up observing her father, the renowned Dr. Padmanabhan Read more »