Ayurvedic Pregnancy Tips

Conception or pregnancy is the third sacred samskara (important milestone in one’s life) in ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, pregnancy and delivery can be the most rejuvenating experience in a woman’s life, during which every cell of her body will be transformed.

Along with herbal supplements, yoga and gynecologists advice, a very important role is played by your diet. And if that diet is transformed to Ayurveda diet you can sail beautifully through your pregnancy.

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The ahara rasa i.e. digestive juices obtained from the mother’s diet serves three important purposes:

  • Nourishment of the mother.
  • Sustenance and growth of the baby.
  • Provision for the formation of stanya, i.e. breast milk.

General Ayurvedic Diet Tips

  • Eat what you naturally desire.
  • Follow a well-balanced diet, with meals including adequate amounts of protein, healthy starch, and veggies.
  • Never eat left-overs.
  • Avoid over-eating.

Also, here are very precise recommendations which help in establishing a balance in the mind, body, behavior, and environment of the pregnant woman.

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Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

  • Alcohol
  • Brinjals
  • Caffeine or excessive tea (more than 200 ml)
  • Cheese
  • Grapes
  • Maida
  • Mayonnaise
  • Non-veg food from outside
  • Paneer from outside
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Raw or half cooked eggs
  • Refrigerated food
  • Soft drinks
  • Soya beans
  • Stale food
  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Very spicy foods

Most of these foods benefit neither mind nor the body. Prana, or energy, is withdrawn, powers of reasoning become clouded and a sense of inertia sets in. These foods lead to fatigue, stress, hemorrhoids, irritability, depression, digestive problems, and other chronic disorders.

Unpasteurized milk, outside food, cheese, etc. increase the risk of infections and food poisoning in pregnant women. Raw papaya, pineapple, grapes have some chemical constituents which are harmful to the uterus. They may cause unwarranted uterine contractions or bleeding, early labor, etc. according to ayurvedic ancient texts.

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Occasional Intake Foods

  • Garlic
  • Suran
  • Fermented foods
  • Jaggery
  • Peanuts
  • Deep fried foods

Though not directly harmful, these are the food items which are strong and tough on the digestive system. Foods in this category are stimulating. Their strong tastes, heavy for digestion properties, increasing body heat tendency may result in gastric problems. These foods being rajasic in nature, their regular consumption causes hyperactive mind, irritating nature, imbalance of the equilibrium between body and mind!

Beneficial Foods During Pregnancy

  • Rice
  • Green gram
  • Wheat
  • Poha
  • Butter
  • Ghee
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Mishri
  • Banana
  • Amla
  • Home-made Paneer
  • Homemade curd with Condiments
  • Nuts and dry fruits

All the above-mentioned items should be included daily in your diet. These sattvic (pure and nourishing), easily-digestible foods nourish the dhatus (tissues) of both mother and the unborn child. They create a harmony during pregnancy.

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Due to the simple properties, they also help get rid of annoying pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, heartburn, fatigue, mood swings, bloating, constipation, breathlessness, etc. These foods help the mother enjoy ideal health and vitality, and also help with the growth of the baby.

The effects of dietary changes manifest on the mind of the mother and the growing embryo. They also help in reducing classical signs and symptoms of pregnancy which cause discomfort to the mother. The benefits which the growing baby enjoy are pure nourishment, optimum growth and development, inheritance of healthy mind and body qualities.

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So for a happy pregnancy, baby and health go for these Ayurveda diet recommendations and enjoy your pregnancy.

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