Pregnancy is a very special time in a woman’s life. Throughout the period of pregnancy, Ayurveda advises the mother to follow a specific diet and regimen designed appropriately to take care of the requirement and needs of the pregnant woman.
The first three months called as the first trimester is the most critical period. During the first three months of pregnancy, the focus is mainly on retaining the foetus. It is the best rule to use no medicine during this period unless prescribed by a physician / Vaidya. The fetus begins to crowd the mother’s internal organs and may cause various kinds of discomfort, such as back pain, shortness of breath, piles, muscle cramps, constipation etc. The second phase of the pregnancy, i.e., from the fourth to the seventh month, is when the fetus gains maximum growth and development. During the last phase of pregnancy, the eighth and ninth month, the mother is prepared for undergoing a normal and comfortable delivery.
Prenatal care should be taken as a vitally important regimen. Prenatal care under skilled Vaidya’s supervision can make it possible to prevent or treat most of the discomforts and complications of pregnancy.
Department of Prasooti Tantra and Stri roga (Ayurveda Obstetrics and Gynaecology) of SDM Institute of Ayurveda and hospital, Bengaluru is conducting “Hombale prayoga” program every month on the auspicious nakshatra (“lunar mansion” or sectors along the ecliptic) of Pushya at its premises for pregnant women to guide them through a safe and healthy delivery.
During pregnancy fetus starts to get nutrition from mother through placenta. Adequate nutrition is needed for mother and also for proper growth of embryo. The requirement of nutrition varies according to developmental stage of fetus.
The diet of a pregnant mother should satisfy four requirements
- Diet should nourish the mother during pregnancy
- It should help the growth and development of the foetus
- It should ensure a hazard-free and smooth child birth
- It should help in the secretion of breast milk
The experts at the institute will give specific guidance on diet and nutritional requirement according to the needs and progress of pregnancy.
A specially prepared medicated drink “Hombale prayoga “will be administered to the pregnant woman on Pushya nakshatra at the hospital premises. This special multi ingredient nutritive formulation is a traditional recipe to sustain the developing foetus and improve the general immunity and wellness of the mother. Main ingredients are the tender coconut inflorescence( Narikela pushpa), Almonds, palm candy sugar, dry black raisins, dates, cardamom, saffron, milk to name a few.
Hombale ,the inflorescence of coconut tree is said to be astringent in taste and cooling in property and thus prevents bleeding , alleviates pitha dosha and cleanses and detoxifies urinary tract specially urinary bladder. It also contains vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6 and C), minerals (potassium, magnesium, zinc,iron), amino acids and other nutrients. This has low GI (glycemic index) hence diabetic friendly and low fructose (1.5%).This improves the immunity and gives nutrition.
Palm sugar candy improves haemoglobin percentage, reduces giddiness, fatigue and also improves blood circulation. It improves vision and also provides sound sleep. It can be taken after food which helps in destroying bacteria and also odor from mouth .It reduce stress level and also maintains electrolytes.
Almonds contains fiber, fat, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Vitamin B12 and phosphorus. It has antioxidant effect and is given in diabetics and hypertension.
Abhyanga, a full-body gentle massage, is an important daily regimen especially during pregnancy. This helps in balancing the vata dosha in the body which easily gets deranged by stress and fatigue. Oils suitable as per the constitution and need will be decided by the Ayurveda Obstetrician for the to-be mother.
Prenatal Yoga regimen: Yoga provides holistic health benefits for to-be-mothers. Women also experience a fair share of mood swings during pregnancy; courtesy of hormonal changes. Yoga and pranayama train the body to breathe deeply and relax consciously, helping the mother to face the demands of labor and childbirth. Yoga
helps alleviate the effect of common symptoms such as morning sickness, painful leg cramps, swollen ankles and constipation. This prepares the to-be mothers for labour and delivery.
Music therapy: Maternal attitude is the most important factor in determining the child’s physical and emotional well-being. Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of cheerfulness/happiness/satisfaction of mind for conception (Soumanasyam Garbhajanananam). Anxiety during pregnancy is a common problem. Anxiety and stress could have consequences on the course of the pregnancy and the later development of the child. New studies suggest that singing and listening to music triggers the brain to release oxytocin and dopamine, neurotransmitters and hormones tied to such emotions as joy and love. Anxiety responds well to non‐pharmacological interventions such as Music therapy, wherein the expert will guide and train the pregnant woman through a soothing music to experience complete relaxation. These music therapy sessions will be conducted on request during their scheduled visits.
Scheduled dates of the Special Hombale Program (Prenatal Care) – for 2019