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5 Ayurvedic Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

By on May 26, 2016
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5 Ayurvedic Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy and delivery are a rejuvenating experience in the life of a woman.

During this beautiful phase, a woman requires great care from her family. Ayurveda, therefore, places an enormous emphasis that prescribes some rules important for every pregnant woman. It compares human conception to germination and sprouting and transformation into a sapling.

According to Ayurveda, the downward moving energy is called apana vata, that supports the fetus development. During stress and fatigue, the upward moving energy, called prana vata directs through downwards to fulfill the fetal needs.

Without the prana, the mother would experience exhaustion, fatigue and even postnatal depression.

For a healthy pregnancy, the apana and prana vata should be in balance and that can be achieved only through following some classic ayurvedic measures.

The following healthy pregnancy tips will support the well being of both the mother and the baby.

1. Support Your Cravings

Eat what you naturally crave. Eat a well balanced diet, including good amounts of healthy starch, proteins and veggies. Honor your cravings and remember that you are eating for two body types. So, following a strict diet for one body type is not advisable. However, avoid foods that are:

  • Hot and spicy
  • Uncooked leafy veggies
  • Undercooked beans
  • Preservatives
  • Artificial flavors

2. Balance Vata

Balancing Vata, the energy of the nervous system is the major strategy for a healthy pregnancy. This can be achieved by including diet rich in veggies, sprouts, whole grains and unprocessed foods. Include oils of coconut, olive and avoid leftovers as much as possible.

Vata can be balanced by including three tastes i.e sweet, salty and sour. Therefore, foods should be included likewise and emphasize more on sweet foods, as they are wholesome for your baby. Sprouted beans, whole grains, fruits, rice and healthy starch foods like quinoa, cooked beets, carrots and sweet potatoes are best to include.

3. Massage With Ayurvedic Herbal Oil

Herbal oils calm the sensory nervous system of the mother. The baby will therefore be calmer as the mother is calmer. You can self massage yourselves or get a proper massage by your partner. Massages till 5th month are not advisable. During the 8th and 9th months, abdomen massage is essential and nipple massage also helps to prepare for breastfeeding the baby.

4. Treat Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is a common issue during pregnancy, and can occur any time of the day. Though it lasts from a few weeks to a few months, the nausea can occur at any time. Here are some Ayurvedic tips you can follow to conquer the condition:

  • Snack on dry crackers. This helps to keep little food rather than staying empty stomach that leads to nauseated feeling.
  • Take a few cardamom seeds, roast, powder and eat some through the day.
  • Take two cloves, grind and mix with a tsp of honey. Lick this for instant relief.
  • Prepare tea from ginger powder or fennel seeds. Sip it warm.
  • Boil mint leaves and inhale the vapors for some relief.
  • Sleep in a semi-reclined position by placing a pillow.
  • Salted potato chips are found to soothe the stomach
  • An early morning walk along with pranayama eases the sick feeling.

5. Stay Happy –The Most Important Principle

A lot of emotional support along with physical care is needed during pregnancy. Try not to harbor negative emotions like sorrow, anger, grief, doubt and fear. They will definitely show an effect on the growing fetus. Always try to stay happy by exposing yourself in a happy environment with people and things. Try to remain with your close friends who can give their time and support for you during this special phase of your life.

Being mindful of the above tips can help you avoid unhappy or violent events during pregnancy. A healthy and happy pregnancy will surely deliver you a blissful baby.

About Ananya

Ananya here, A fitness freak myself I strongly believe that a strong and healthy body is the best fashion statement. I feel healthy outside begins from inside. I write for Mom Junction. Through my writings I love to motivate people to develop healthy habits and adopt natural ways of living to achieve sound health.

3 Comments

  1. Ananya

    August 27, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Hey Jacob, thanks for sharing my writings with your audience

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    Sonja Semion

    June 2, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I found that keeping vata in check during my pregnancy was very important to staying balanced. But since salty, dry foods aggravate vata dosha, I’m curious about the recommendation to eat crackers and potato chips. How have you seen that play out with your clients?

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    Abby

    October 23, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    This sounds almost identical to John Douillard’s article on pregnancy.

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