Sunday, April 28, 2013

Garbh Sanskar:Planning For Baby

You think a lot about pregnancy; about what you are missing, how things will be different around here with a new baby, and what you can’t wait to experience again. There are some moments in life you just won’t ever forget — some good and some bad. When it comes to pregnancy, there are many memorable moments you will always remember.
Planning For Baby:
Sure, it makes logical sense to prepare your life for a new baby.And your powerful attention to a list of domestic tasks may mean good things ahead for you and your baby.Think of pregnancy is a period during which your brain and body are busy priming themselves for new challenges. Research tells us that a woman’s chemistry, and even brain structure, change when she has a baby to help her attend to and bond with her new born.
Keep talking to your partner. Your relationship is going to be so much stronger after this – so stay close.
Pregnancy and motherhood is an exciting and worrying time. There are limitations on what you can eat, how you can exercise and your racing hormones can play havoc with your body. In this section you can find advice on everything from conception to factsheets on all aspects of baby care and toddlers.
Planning for pregnancy contains all the pre-pregnancy information needed to get ready to conceive. It explores the physical and emotional considerations, health, nutrition, and lifestyle changes needed to prepare you for conception.
When people plan to have a child (or find out about a new pregnancy), it is not unusual for them to develop a renewed motivation to want to look after their bodies better. In this way, physical preparations for pregnancy usually entail considering a few choices concerning your lifestyle. These can include having a healthy, nutritious diet, trying to keep up some regular physical activity, looking at how you manage your stress.
If both potential parents decide to make positive lifestyle changes before the pregnancy, they will generally improve their chances of a healthy conception, sooner. If the woman continues her healthy lifestyle during the pregnancy, she will assist her body to nurture her new baby, especially during those vulnerable first few weeks of the baby's rapid growth and development (even before the pregnancy test shows 'positive'). Continuing lifestyle changes while breastfeeding will protect your baby from many unwanted substances being passed to them through your breast milk.
While reading about these lifestyle changes, bear in mind that we do not live in a perfect world, and up to 50% of pregnancies are unplanned. Therefore, remind yourself that there are many factors that can influence the conception of a baby, and the normal course of a pregnancy. The recommendations for most lifestyle changes are based on the fact that they are usually aspects of our lives that we have some control over, and can make conscious decisions to avoid. In reality, even with all the research at our fingertips, we still do not know everything about the causes of infertility, miscarriage and health disorders for unborn babies.
The journey of life is one that starts well before birth and entails an amazing, intricate process of fertilisation, growth and development within the life-giving environment of a woman's womb (or uterus). By the time your baby is born, they will have already experienced around 9 months of life. Beginning as 2 cells merging (an ovum and sperm), their genetic programming instructs each cell to multiply, divide and differentiate into the various muscles, bones and organs of a male or female human body. It takes around 266 days (or 38 weeks) for a baby to develop to a stage where they can live independently from their mother. A breath taking process!
Dr Unnati Chavda

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