Saturday, August 3, 2013

Garbh Sanskar: All About Pregnancy X

“It is every mother's dream to have a beautiful, intelligent and healthy child! Yet mothers need to understand that 90% of their opportunity to influence a child’s development occurs while the child is still growing within the womb. After birth, the influence of parents and educators on the child’s development is comparatively minimal.

There are many examples of mothers who have worked successfully in this way, bringing into the world healthy and well-balanced children. The promise of a brighter future for humanity is closely linked with prenatal care. Through appropriate prenatal care our current violence-oriented society can gradually be transformed into a saner, better balanced and more creative generation of human beings…The main actors in the creation of a good family environment are the parents, who like the farmer prepare the best soil to cultivate the qualities and virtues of their future child.


The "prenatal" in our title refers to the period of about nine months including conception and the whole of gestation, while "perinatal" refers to the very short but crucial period of hours involving labor, birth, and establishment of breastfeeding. We believe that both these prenatal and perinatal experiences are formative for both babies and parents, and tend to establish patterns of intimacy and sociality for life.

A woman's body undergoes an amazing amount of changes during pregnancy. As her baby grows her musculoskeletal system must adjust accordingly to accommodate the growing uterus and prepare for delivery.

Many pregnant women experience low back pain, and hip pain. These discomforts are the result of the stresses put on the body by the rapid growth of the baby and the changes the body must undergo to accommodate those adjustments. As her belly gets bigger, the woman's center of gravity changes. The growth is so quick that it is often difficult for the low back and pelvis to adjust to this change. This causes stress in those areas, resulting in misalignments, which then causes pain and dysfunction. If a woman's low back and pelvis was out of alignment before her pregnancy it is even harder for her back and pelvis to adjust. When the pelvis is misaligned it affects the uterus and the position of the growing baby- In our GARBH SANSKAR WORKSHOP we teaches you the changes occurs during pregnancy and how to outcome from all such pregnancy discomforts.

Have you ever received good advice that you were unable to follow? Has your doctor ever recommended a lifestyle change that you found to be unsustainable? Have you ever wanted something in your life, but found you couldn’t achieve it alone?  Being fully supported can change your life. 

Health Coaches are knowledgeable advisors who provide on going support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness. As your Health Coach, I will listen carefully and help you to navigate the world of contradictory nutrition advice to determine what changes are necessary for you.

Your personalized program will radically improve your health and happiness and your unborn child's. Together, we will explore concerns specific to you and your body and discover the tools you need for a lifetime of balance.


As a client of my health coaching program, you will…

  • set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and exciting
  • work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight
  • understand and reduce your cravings
  • increase your energy levels
  • feel great in your body
  • learn how to build a solid foundation for you baby
  • improve your personal relationships
  • discover the confidence to create the life you want

To decide if health coaching is right for you, I invite you to schedule a initial consultation with me.  During this session, we will discuss your health and lifestyle to determine how I can best support you in achieving your goals.

Diet during pregnancy is huge.  What we put in our mouths as pregnant women provides the building blocks for the babies growing in our bellies.  If there was any of the “should I or shouldn’t I eat…” conversation going on in your head before, it probably got amplified tenfold once you found out you were pregnant.

There are all the things to avoid—processed foods, certain kinds of herbs, certain kinds of fish, animal products with growth hormones/antibiotics, refined sugar, caffeine, the list goes on and on.  But there are also all the things you need—increased protein, iron, folic acid, B12, vitamin D, calcium, fiber…not to mention the fact that you also just need to eat MORE…but more healthy.  Add to the mix the cravings, morning sickness, heightened taste and smell sensitivity and feeding you and the baby becomes a full time job, if not obsession.

Healthy nutrition should always be a priority in one's life.  But if it never has been then it should become one during pregnancy. What you eat directly affects the growth and development of your baby.  Certain nutrients are required to make sure the baby will be healthy and strong.  Whole foods will provide those nutrients.  If the diet is lacking these nutrients then they will be pulled right from the mother's body.  If this has to happen then the mother will be left weak and that can lead to a slew of problems. 


What are whole foods anyway?  Whole foods are real, unprocessed foods.  Meats, vegetables, whole grains and fruits are all examples of whole foods.  Basically if you walk the perimeter of the grocery store you will find them.  Processed foods are the packaged foods found down the aisles.  Its best to limit these if not avoid them all together.  They are not 'real' foods and they don't contain anything of real value, usually they are just loaded with high fructose corn syrup, trans fats and loads of salt.

Next, lets take a look at fruits and vegetables.  Fruits and vegetables are vital to healthy living.  It is important to get a great variety into the diet daily.  Organic, local produce would be ideal.  This is grown near by and free of chemicals and pesticides.  If this option is too expensive or not available there are ways to make sure you are removing most of the toxic residue that can be harmful.  Become familiar with green leafy vegetables because they contain a lot of the nutrients needed and they also provide fiber which aids in your digestion and healthy elimination.  Whole grains and complex carbohydrates should also become a staple in the diet. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for all the bodies functions and should be a good portion of the diet.  Get to know the know the difference between simple vs. complex carbs and their sources.


Eating can be a really confusing task, the best thing to remember is stick to what is real.  Eat when you are hungry.  Try to avoid emotional eating.  Definitely avoid eating fast food and processed foods as often as you can.  It takes a lot to make a healthy child and knowing that you are eating the best you can is one way to have some say in what is happening.  Nutrient dense foods will provide all the baby needs with out robbing your body of the things you need to feel good.  Your body will thank you for making the job a little easier.  Being pregnant can take a toll on the body but providing your body with what it needs while providing for the baby will make all the difference in the world. 

Take care of your unborn baby.

The sole purpose of these blogs is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention or cure of any disease. If you have any serious, acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained doctor/health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained Ayurvedic expert, call us or e mail.

Dr Unnati Chavda
(Promoting pregnancy wellness)

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