Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Garbh Sanskar: All About Pregnancy X

Having a healthy baby means making healthy choices so your baby gets a good start on life. Prenatal care is important.

Garbh Sanskar: Prenatal Care will give you advice, information about the conditions you can expect to face as you journey through your pregnancy, and just what your baby is doing each week. This course will also let you know what to expect in terms of prenatal testing to assure the health of your baby. It will also talk about the importance of nutrition, vitamins, hydration, and rest.

Learning what could be dangerous to you and your growing baby will help you to make choices at work and at home that will ensure the safety of both of you. How you take care of yourself during your pregnancy will have a major influence on how healthy you and the baby are after delivery. The beauty of preparing yourself for the labor and delivery portion of this journey is that you will have so many more choices than the mothers who just wait for things to happen.


By adequately preparing yourself you will be the one in charge of your body both during and after pregnancy. The end goal is to deliver a happy and healthy baby. Prenatal Care lessons will assist you every step of the way.

Pregnancy and childbirth is an exciting time for most parents. As with most exciting events, there may be some anxiety as you have new experiences in an unfamiliar environment. Preparation is often the key to a successful and pleasant birth experience. We highly recommend that expectant parents, especially first-time mothers and fathers, prepare for childbirth.

Pregnancy classes will consist of information on what to expect during your pregnancy, and are designed for patients who have not yet reached their 6th month of pregnancy.   Our third trimester classes will consist of information on what to expect in the later part of your pregnancy, including signs of labor, what to expect at the hospital, how to prepare for delivery, and information on the postpartum period.   

Classes Include:

  • Pregnancy - Do's and Don'ts and answers to commonly asked questions.
  • What to expect during labor, birth and recovery
  • Cesarean sections
  • Medications and pain control
  • Care After Delivery
  • Activity, Care, Medications, Questions and more
  • What to expect for the first six weeks after delivery

Services include well-woman evaluations, contraceptive counseling and management. Management of  preconceptional care, menopausal care and complex gynecologic problems as well as complete management of pregnancy, including delivery and postpartum care.

Meditation: Deep Breathing: This is a very powerful meditation to ground yourself during pregnancy, coping and dealing with the emotional – and physical – ups and downs of pregnancy.  

Setting aside time every day and having a consistent, ritualistic nurturing practice.  

Start off with 5 minutes a day, and then gradually increase the minutes every week.  This is the greatest gifts that you can give your baby, while still in your womb.

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  • Experts agree, when you’re expecting, it’s important to keep moving: Pregnant women who exercise have less back pain, more energy, a better body image and, post-delivery, a faster return to their pre-pregnancy shape.
  • We’d prefer you try to eat five or six smaller meals throughout the day to stabilize some of your key biological systems.
  • DO EAT A RAINBOW OF FOODS: a varied diet provide you and your baby with all the important nutrients.
  • Pregnant women should not stop or start taking any type of medicine that they need without first talking with a GYN. Women who are planning to become pregnant should discuss the need for any medicine with their GYN before becoming pregnant and ensure they are taking only medicines that are necessary.
  • Sleep all you can now because you won’t be getting any rest after your baby is born.

When you’re pregnant, it’s impossible to sleep on your belly, and you should avoid sleeping on your back after the first trimester. When you lie on your back, the weight of your uterus presses on the vein that returns blood from your lower body to your heart. This slows the blood supply to the placenta, which could inhibit oxygen and nutrients on their way to your baby.

Try supporting different parts of your body with a variety of pillows. One pillow between your knees and another below your hips can help you balance on your side more easily. Try sleeping with a full-body pillow placed behind your back or in front of you, or experiment with a wedge- shaped pillow, propping it under your side or chest.

Preconception care is the care a woman gets before she becomes pregnant. Prenatal care is the care a woman gets during pregnancy. Early and regular prenatal visits with a health care provider are important for the health of both the mother and the fetus. Preconception care from a health care provider is also important to prepare a woman for pregnancy.

The goals of prenatal care are to:

  • Monitor both the mother and baby throughout the pregnancy
  • Look for changes that may lead to a high-risk pregnancy
  • Explain nutritional requirements during and after pregnancy
  • Explain activity recommendations or restrictions
  • Discuss common pregnancy complaints such as morning sickness, backaches, leg pain, frequent urination, constipation, and heartburn and how to manage them, preferably without medications
  • Give support to the pregnant woman and her family


More than just a pretty pink fruit, juicy watermelon can soothe morning sickness, help you stay hydrated and build a healthy baby.

Watermelon actually is a versatile and very healthful fruit. If you're pregnant, the benefits are even more delicious. Watermelon eases heartburn and reduces swelling; its high water content (92 percent) and fruit sugars alleviate morning sickness and dehydration; and the minerals it contains can help prevent third-trimester muscle cramps. Ounce for ounce, watermelon is richer than tomatoes in lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against cancer and cardiovascular disease, boosts the body's immunity to infections and naturally raises the skin's SPF. watermelon is packed with vitamins A, C and B6, as well as potassium and magnesium. These nutrients are important for the development of your baby's vision, brain, nervous and immune systems, and more. For you, potassium regulates water balance in the blood and body tissues during pregnancy. And you get all these benefits for less than 50 calories per cup.

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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