(.. contd from Ayurveda Medication for mother and foetus)

A new mother undergoes several physiological changes from the fourth month of her pregnancy till the time of her delivery. Let us take a look at the ways in which she can be assured for a healthy and smooth delivery.

27 grams of butter

During the fourth month of pregnancy, the foetus attains more stability and the mother feels heavier than before. During this period, certain parts of brain, especially that which controls ones memory, consciousness and language begins to develop. Hence, mothers should consume about 27 grams of butter every day.

Special elements of the diet

A milk decoction with Prshniparni (Desmodium gangeticum) could also be part of the diet as it helps in building resistance against infections. Thereby, protecting the brain of the foetus. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and an anti-nociceptive effect on the mother. This decoction also nourishes the breast tissue

Shastika does the trick

Experts say that, in the fifth month, the foetus develops flesh and blood. The mother gets more emanciated. Hence, mothers could consume a special type of gruel made of Shastika , that is cooked in milk with the meat of animals mixed with ghee. Shastika helps in combating the tiredness and to increase the baby’s weight. It also protects the foetal brain.

Milk decoctions of guduchi

The best milk decoction for this month is that which is made of guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia). Tinospora cordifolia has immense glucose regulatory function stimulating production of insulin.

Six months pregnant

Now, the foetus develops ligaments, tendons, bones and hair. Calcium deposition also takes place during this month. Hence, pregnant women should include ghee in the diet plans. The ghee is processed in sweet, unctuous group of herbs will help in breaking down the calcium as well as prevent constipation.

Gruel prepared with Gokshura helps in reducing the pedal oedema (i.e swelling that occurs from the accumulation of fluids in the body tissues) which many mothers experience during this stage.

Mothers can consume milk that is boiled with the fruit of Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum). This herb is rich in tannins, flavonoids, phenolics, phytochemicals which acts as anti-diabetic, cardiotonic, anti-microbial action and has healing properties.

Barely it is!

The overall development of the foetus occurs in this month.

Ghee processed in Dasamoola group of drugs are to be had along with food.

Mothers should also consume a milk decoction with barley.

Facts about Barley

Barley is an immense reservoir of certain nutrients such as Vitamin B complex, minerals such as Zinc, Copper and Selenium which are important for the development of the baby’s skin. Barley also increases the bile production thus reducing the excessive cholesterol formation in the mother. It is a rich source of soluble and insoluble fibers, thus preventing constipation and satiates the appetite of the mother.

Barley is a very good galactogogue and thus helps in the production of breast milk.

The diet needs B-12

During this phase, the brain’s development becomes intense.

Mothers are advised to have brown rice or de-husked rice gruel with ghee. The abundant availability of Vitamin B-12 in the diet is notable. Vitamin B-12 is needed to prevent anaemia and bleeding during delivery. Women can also consider enemas with a herbal decoction preparation and with a certain medicated oil. This not only helps in relieving women of constipation but also helps in the descent of the uterus.

Murva could work well

Milk decoction with Murva (Marsdenia tenacissim) has been advised. Nitric oxide is an essential component from the time of ovulation to pregnancy. However, if the nitric oxide levels are higher than needed, it can cause premature bleeding and complications. Murva helps check the levels of nitric oxide and also has an anti-oxidative effect, thus rejuvenating the cells.

9 months later

The period from the first day of this month to the 12th of the month is said to be the expected period of delivery.

During this period it has been advised to have rice cooked in a soup made of mutton or rice gruel with ghee. The goat’s meat helps in strengthening the uterus and bones of the lower back. The mother should also bathe in water that is boiled with medicinal leaves that help relax the muscles and toning the nerve impulses.

What is so special about Satavari?

Satavari, a medicinal herb, is used to create special decoction. Mothers should consume this substance during the 9th month. This is because Shatavari or Aspoaragus racemosus ensures smooth muscle contractions.

Benefits of Satavari
  1. It is a rich source of Vitamin A, Zinc, Copper and Manganese. Vitamin A helps in the development of the retina.
  2. Shatavari is a galactagogue. It has ulcer healing properties and will also help in healing delivery wounds faster.
  3. It has an anti-depressant which helps elevate the so-called ‘perpeural blues’.
  4. The anti-inflammatory effect of this drug also helps in relieving the pedal oedema and any pain on the lower back as well as the feet.

These dietetic regimes help in the normal development of the foetus. It also assures the well-being of the mother. It meets the nutrition requirements of:

  1. The mother’s body
  2. Foetus

The diet also facilitates the production of breast milk. The regimes help soften the sacral region, flanks and in attaining the downward movement of the foetus, faeces, urine and placenta.

The author, Dr. Dhanya Dilip, is an Ayurveda doctor based in Bengaluru, India. She graduated from the Government Ayurveda Medical College, Kochi, Kerala, India.