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Pregnancy is a beautiful phase of a woman’s life and during this period they not only require care from their family they also need to keep themselves pure from the within so that the baby is healthy as the mother’s mood and health reflects on the growing baby.
Ayurveda says that you should nourish your senses with fresh flowers in the morning and listen to soft music during this time as it would calm you down and relax your nerves. You should also touch your baby bump every once in a while as it would help you to communicate with your baby.
Here are some of those Ayurvedic tips which would promote the health of mother and baby during pregnancy.
Ayurveda says that during pregnancy one should always balance their Vata Dosha. This can be best done by consuming a diet of fresh, plant-based, whole or sprouted grains as well as non-processed foods. During pregnancy, one should always have warm and freshly cooked foods with healthy oils like the olive oil, ghee, and coconut oil. To-be-mothers should also avoid eating leftovers as much as possible.
During pregnancy, you should always eat what you naturally crave for. But also remember to eat well and a balanced diet which includes a lot of vegetables, proteins, and healthy starch. Also, do not forget the fact that you are eating for two people so you should not maintain a single person’s diet. The last thing that you should remember is that you should avoid hot and spicy food, uncooked leafy veggies, undercooked beans, food with preservatives and artificial flavors.
Ayurvedic oils tend to calm the sensory nervous system of the mother, thus making the baby calmer in the process. You can self-massage using such herbal oils mainly during the 8th and 9th months as this is when abdomen massage is essential and so is nipple massage to prepare for breastfeeding the baby.
There is a lot of emotional support and physical care that you needed during pregnancy. Ayurveda says that you should follow the sattvic lifestyle that is not to harbor negative emotions like sorrow, anger, grief, doubt and fear as this would effect the growing baby. Always stay happy by exposing yourself to a happy environment surrounded by happy people and cheerful things.
In Sanskrit, Garbha means the womb and sanskar means educating the mind. Thus, Garbha sanskar means educating the mind of the fetus growing in the mother’s womb. Ayurveda believes a child's mental and behavioral development starts as the mother conceives. The child’s personality begins to take shape in the womb, and this is influenced by the mother's state of mind during pregnancy.
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