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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-9

Ayurveda principles of Garbhiniparicharya (prenatal care) and its scientific relevance

Department of Kaumarabhritya, SDM Institute of Ayurveda and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Reena Kulkarni
Department of Kaumarabhritya, SDM Institute of Ayurveda and Hospital, Anchepalya, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
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DOI: 10.4103/JISM.JISM_24_20

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Food regimen during pregnancy is a unique contribution of Ayurveda, aiming at wholesome prenatal care of the pregnant lady and the growing fetus. This aids in proper fetal nutrition and prevents the ill effects of maternal diseases. Thus, it aims at the production of a healthy progeny, which is superior in all the aspects than its predecessors. Basic information was collected from Ayurveda texts and interpretations based on the cross-references and research updates available in print as well as online versions. The diet and regimen of Garbhini (pregnant lady) needs to be Madhura Rasa Praya (predominantly sweet), Sheethaveerya (cold potency), Brihmana (nourishing), Ojovardhana (improves vitality), and Anulomana (gut clearing). The regimen of first trimester focuses mainly on the maintenance of balanced diet in the mother, second trimester focuses to promote physical growth and nutrition of the baby, whereas in the third trimester, main focus is on the enhancement of fetal nutrition and facilitation of easy and natural process of delivery.

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