Optimal Pregnancy: Ayurvedic Tips for Health and Wellness

Expecting mothers

Before Pregnancy

Ayurveda says that pregnancy should be well-planned. Ideally, preparation should start at least 6 months before conception. Sattvic diets, such as freshly cooked vegetables, fruits, grains, milk and ghee, and regular practice of yogic postures and meditation are best in creating an environment that welcomes a divine soul into this planet.

The couple might consider the option of an Ayurveda Panchakarma detox for balancing their respective bioenergies, which can be followed by rejuvenating medicines to replenish and nourish the tissues.

During Pregnancy

A harmony in the mind, body and environment of pregnant women should be maintained as whatever a pregnant mother sees, tastes, touches, hears and smells will influence the child.

Ayurvedic Insights for a Nurturing Pregnancy

  • Ayurveda recommends a sattvic diet to elevate the subtle energy of the mother. Sattvic diet will create a more settled state of mind, ideal health, and vitality. Expectant mothers should eat freshly cooked food and avoid hot, spicy food, leftovers, processed food, artificial flavors, and chemical additives. Broccoli, potatoes, uncooked or undercooked beans, and lentils should be consumed wisely as some people may experience bloating and gas after consuming them.
  • Listening to harmonious music, mantra chanting, watching inspiring spiritual videos, meditation, pregnancy yoga, and practicing yoga nidra as well as having a loving, supportive, and caring company will keep a pregnant lady elevated and uplifted.
  • Relax the body and soothe the Vata by having a full body self-massage using sesame oil followed by a warm bath or shower.
  • Then, set up a regular sleep pattern preferably from 10 pm to 6 am.
  • Develop a habit of talking to the baby in your womb. Read him/her inspiring stories of enlightenment as it will help love, kindness, compassion, and positive values to grow.




Aparna K. BAMS, MD, PhD

Aparna is one of the few specialists worldwide with a PhD in Ayurveda. Born into an Ayurvedic family that operates a traditional Ayurvedic Panchakarma hospital in Kerala, India, she grew up observing her father, the renowned Dr Padmanabhan.

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