Pregnancy is one of the most important times in a woman’s life. It completely transforms the person physically, mentally and emotionally. Although the couple and the whole family experiences the changes, but only the women bearing the child knows this beautiful journey of growing a life inside. Women are so blessed to be able to experience the natures’ most wonderful gift of procreation.
These nine months are preparing the women to fall in love for a lifetime. As someone once said, “Baby is the only blind date where you are sure that you will meet the love of your life!”
Pregnancy Ayurveda Management
Ayurveda has talked about pregnancy in extensive details in its branch called Sri-Roga and Prasuti Tantra. Sri-Roga discusses female gynaecological disorders, where as Prasuti-tantra elaborates on pregnancy. This traditional Indian Science explores all components around pregnancy; from pre-conceptional planning to conception rituals to the prenatal care for the pregnant lady. Prasuti-Tantra also suggests the detailed labour process and postpartum care of the mother and the care of the newborn. Going further, Ayurveda has a specific branch named Kaumarbharitya, that is completely loaded with variety of information from daily care of a healthy newborn to treating diseases in children.
The best part is that the Ayurveda principles are close to mother nature! Ayurveda believes that our universe and human body are both formed from same five basic element meaning space, air, fire, water and earth. In order to stay healthy, human body needs to be in sync with our surround atmosphere. If we respect mother nature, mother nature will also protect us! As a woman experiences this most beautiful feeling of growing a life inside her, we do not want to put any harsh chemical in her body that will indirectly affect the baby. That is where Ayurveda pregnancy care can help you with easy guided methods to deal with everyday life during pregnancy.
An expecting woman needs proper physical and mental care. Her body, mind and soul, her diet, habits and exercise must all be concerted for the best Antenatal care (Garbhini Paricharya). Ayurveda, the ancient science of life, has mentioned enormous information in the ancient texts on what should be the dietary regimen of pregnant woman, what psychological counseling she should undergo, what exercises are good for her and what the are dos and don’ts in such state.
With the support of Ayurvedic principles, a pregnant or pre-conceptual couple can learn to care about themselves in this very special phase of life.
पूर्णमिव तैलपात्रं असंक्षोभयताऽन्तर्वत्नि भवत्युपचर्या । ...चरक शारीरस्थान
Pūrṇamiva taila-pātram asaṅkṣobhayatā ~ ntarvatni bhavatyupacaryā …
Ayurveda Acharya Charaka suggests that a pregnant woman is like a pot of oil that is filled upto the brim. This pot requires an absolute steady movement and care while taken from one place to the another.
उपचारः प्रियहितैर्भर्ना भृत्यैश्च गर्भधृक् । नवनीतघृतक्षीरैः सदा चैनामुपाचरेत् ॥
In the above sanskrit shloka Acharya Vagbhat has very clearly mentioned that a pregnant woman should be looked after by her husband/partner and the family affectionately. She should be supplied with the things she likes or desires for and should be offered the things that are good for her health. Acharya Vagbhatt specifically mentions the use of butter, ghee and milk for the nourishment of a pregnant woman.
Antenatal care In Ayurveda (Garbhini Paricharya)
Ayurveda strongly suggest the use of following food items in a pregnant woman’s daily regimen
Caution: These items should not be consumed in excess. Water and milk are considered as daily primary intake in a pregnant woman’s diet. Rest of the products mentioned should be consumed alternatively each day.
Suvarnabharit Jala (Water infused with Gold)
Gold is considered a natural rejuvenator in Ayurveda. It helps in the formation of new cells. During pregnancy our body going through enormous transformation. Gold is considered a brain tonic, immunity enhancer, cardiac tonic and tri dosha balancer. It promotes the development of the brain and nervous system in the foetus.
To prepare Suvarnabharit Jala, all you need is a piece of gold like a ring or piece of any jewellery that does not have other elements like diamond or other stones. 24 carat gold is considered pure and best in quality, but you may have 18 or 22 carat gold at home. That is perfectly fine to infuse the water.
Put this piece of gold in 3 Litres of water. Ideal amount of water for a pregnant lady should be 2 to 3 Litres in a day.
Boil the water with the gold piece for at least 15min. Once it cools down, you can remove the gold. Keep this gold aside if possible, so it does not attract unnecessary impurities. You may use this technique to infuse water everyday throughout pregnancy.
This water can then be used like normal drinking water.
Following recipe will help you make all three ghee, butter and buttermilk from one recipe, as these all are the different by-products of milk.
Click here to know the Ayurvedic benefits of using Milk, Ghee, butter and buttermilk in our diet.
Let's start with full cream milk.
Take 5 litres of full cream cow’s milk. Bring it to boil and let it cool down. A creamy layer will be formed on the top of the milk. Separate this layer and save it over night to settle down and thicken up.
Next day you will need a cup of culture to make yoghurt. It can be butter milk or Indian yoghurt (known as curd), or any yoghurt that is free from gelatine and naturally set.
Warm up the cream to a lukewarm temp and mix with buttermilk/curd to start the probiotic setting process. It usually takes around eight hours. So best to do it at night time. Set this mixture aside for overnight in a warm temperature area (roughly around 25 degree Celsius). This will result in setting the whole cream into a thick yoghurt next morning.
Now using a hand mixture or stand mixture, churn this yoghurt out to separate the butter. You will notice the butter rises on the top. You may need to add cold water to ease the process.
Now you have your Ayurvedic Butter! The left over separated white liquid is the Ayurvedic Buttermilk!
You may keep half of the butter aside in fridge and make the ghee from the rest of the half butter.
Put the butter in a pan and warm it up on a low flame. Gently stir in the beginning, but stop stirring, once it starts boiling. Let the residue and impurities settle down. You may notice some foam or bubbles forming on the top layer of melted butter. Try to take the layer out with a spoon or paper towel. Once it looks like a golden liquid after one boil, turn the flame off and let it cool down for 10mins. There will be burnt residue stuck on the sides and the bottom of the pan. Please, do not try to mix it up. Those are the impurities that have been cleared from the butter. That is why ghee is called clarified butter.
Strain the golden liquid in a glass jar. Your Ayurvedic Ghee is ready! It has a very long shelf life. It can be used for 6-12 months and can be kept at room temperate.
Panchamrit is considered strengthening and nourishing for the mother and the foetus, it balances pitta doshas and helps to relieve hyperacidity, indigestion etc. It is also very beneficial for hair and skin.
1.Raw Sugar or jaggery- energy provider.
2.Honey (Yogavahi- acts as a career), immunity enhancer, reduces cough and cold, antiseptic, healer.
3. Yoghurt (source of calcium and phosphorus and proteins, offers probiotic gut health)
4. Ghee (increases Ojas, tridhosha balancing, memory booster)
5. Luke warm Milk (rich in calcium, protein, Vitamin B12, A and D)
Use a glass bowl. Take 1 teaspoon each of sugar, honey and yoghurt and mix well. Set aside for 10 min. Then add 5-7 teaspoon milk and mix well. Lastly add 2 teaspoon ghee.
These are some basic suggestions on how to look after yourself while pregnant. If you wish to explore further you may contact us to book an appointment. You may also book a pregnancy Ayurvedic Massage treatment.
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If you wish to further understand your pregnancy and support your pregancy with Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle in a natural way, please contact us to book an appointment. We offer a special Ayurvedic Pregnancy diet and lifestyle consultation at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic, Melbourne.
This article is written by:
Dr Pooja Saini (Ayurvedic Doctor)
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine from India
Certificate in Ayurveda Pulse & Tongue diagnosis from India
Masters in Mental Health Nursing from Melbourne
Member of AAA (Australasian Association of Ayurveda)
Primary interest in treating Mental Health conditions & Female fertility
Ayurveda Training Provider (Cert IV in TAE & Recognised by IICT)
Independent Blog writer for female health and beauty on www.womenbuddha.com
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