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Regime in Pregnency


Do’s and Don’ts in Pregnancy: The pregnant woman should undertake the following diet and activities. She should be clean, wear ornaments and white dress and remain happy and contented. She should worship Gods and respect priests, and teachers. Her bed and seat should be soft. Her diet should consist of pleasant, liquid, sweet, nourishing food items which would stimulate digestive power and impart strength. She should take a bath daily. She should follow rules of good conduct and undertake diet and activity appropriate for her constitution. Wearing gold bangles and gold ornaments makes the uterus healthy, stabilize the fetus, and facilitates an easy delivery of the baby.

Don’ts in the Pregnant Woman:
The pregnant woman should avoid the following:

1. Diet: Remaining hungry, fasting, eating hot, pungent, heavy, constipating, dry, stale, putrid and irritating diet and alcohol.
2. Activity: Sex in excess, exercise, keeping awake at night, exertion, carryin a heavy load, travelling, sleep during day, assuming abnormal postures and riding animals.
3. Psychological: Fear sorrow, getting angry, hearing or reading irritating storeis, visiting empty houses or cemetery.
4. Treatment: Reduction in body weight, oil massage, emesis, purgatives and enemas and bloodletting.
5. Dress: Wearing a heavy, red, tight or unclean dress.
6. Suppression of natural urges: Micturition, defecation etc.
7. Unclean habits: Not taking a bath, touching unclean persons and parts, foul-smelling articles and food.

She should avoid other factors emphasized by physician or experience ladies.

Monthly regime in pregnancy.

The monthly regime to be followed every month by a pregnant woman as advised by Charak, Sushrut and Yogaratnakara is given below:
This regime promotes the growth and development of the fetus and prevents abortion and miscarriages.

Ist Month:
1. Cold milk, a sweet, cold and liquid and a diet to which she is used.
2. Glycerrhiza, seeds of Teak, Ksheerkakoil and Devdaru.
3. Powder of dried black Grapes, Glycerrihiza and white and red Sandalwood with cows milk.
4. Paste of Nilotpal, Vala, Shrungatak, Ksheruka, Prepared in cold water along with cows milk.
2nd Month:
1. Milk medicated with sweet medicines, eg., Kakoli group and sweet, cold and liquid food items.
2. Ashmantak, Til, Pippali, Manjishtha, Shatavari
3. Paste of Mrunal, Nagakeshar, Tagara, Kamal, Bilva and Camphor prepared in goats milk.
3rd Month:
1. Milk with ghee and honey, sweet, cold and liquid food items and milk with rice.
2. Varushadani, Ksheerakakoli, Priyangu, Utpal and Sariva.
3. Nagakeshar and sugar in cows milk.
4. Paste of Padmaka, Chandan, Vala and Padmanala prepared in cold water along with cows milk
4th Month:
1. Milk with one ounce of butter directly prepared from milk, rice with curd and pleasing food items which are good for heart.
2. Ananta, Sariva, Rasna, Bharangi and Glycerriza.
3. Paste of roots of Banana, Utpal and Valakala in cows milk
5th Month
1. Milk with ghee, rice with milk and ghee.
2. Bruhati, Kashmari, Tender stems and outer bark of ksheeri Vruksha such as Banyan etc.,
3. Paste of Pomegranate leaves and sandalwood in curds and honey.
4. Paste of Nilotpal, Mrunal, Renukabija, Nagakeshar and Padmak in water.
6th Month:
1. Milk and Ghee medicated with sweet ie., Kakoli group of medicines or Gokshuraka, rice with ghee, rice kanji medicated with Gokshuraka.
2. Prushniparni, Bala, Shigru, Gokshurak, Madhuparnika ie, glycerrhiza
3. Cold water medicated with Gairika, ash of cow dung, black earth, sandal wood and sugar.
7th Month:
1. Milk and ghee medicated with sweet ie., Kakoli group of medicines or Pruthakparni and Shaliparna group of medicines.
2. Shrungatak, Bisa, Grapes, Musta, Glycerrhiza and sugar.
3. Powder of Usheer, Gokshurak, Musta, Samanga, Napakeshar and Padmak with honey.
8th Month:
1. Rice kanji boiled in milk with ghee added to it and mutton soup.
2. Milk medicated with roots of Kapitha, Bruhati, Bilva, Patol, Sugarcane and Nidigdhika.
3. Powderof Lodhra and Pippali with honey and milk.
9th Month
1. Rice Kanji boiled in milk with honey added to it and mutton soup.
2. Glycerrhiza, Sariva, Kshiravidari
3. Asthapan basti (enema) with Badara juice, Bala, Atibala, Shatapushpa, Milk, Curds, thin water on curds, oils, salts, Madanphala, Honey and ghee, so that the costipation and gases are relieved.
10th Month
1. Rice kanji boiled in milk with ghee added to it and mutton soup.
2. Milk medicated with Ginger and Kshiravidari or with Ginger, Glycerrihza and Devadaru.
3. Anuvasan Til oil: Retention enema medicated with sweet ie. kakoli group of medicines should be administered, cotton swab soaked with this medicated til oil should be inserted and kept in the vagina.
Note: Each month consists of 4 weeks, ie., 28 days.
Importance of following the month wise regimen by the pregnant lady:
Following the month wise regimen is important for maintaining health, strength, nutrition and complexion of both the mother as well as the baby. She passes urine and stools without any difficulty. Her pelvic organs, abdomen, back, skin and nails become soft and delivery takes place without any difficulty.

                The pregnant woman has increased nutritional demands for the increased growth of her body and to supply the needs of the fetus.
                The nutritive requirements of pregnant woman must be estimated on the basis of her nutritive status, weight, stage of pregnancy and daily activity.
                During first three months, protein intake should be reduced, as constitutional disturbance are more common during this period which can be done by reducing intake of meat of pulses & increasing quantity of milk.
                As such in addition to a well balanced diet, the pregnant and lactating mothers should have a diet which contains an adequate amount of protective foods, proteins, minerals espeacially iron, calcium, iodine & Vitamins. A high protein intake is essential during second half of pregnancy which also promotes lactation.
                Ayurveda prescribed special regimen during period of Gestation during first three months of pregnancy, woman should take food consists of sweet taste (madhura rasa), cool (seeta) and fluid articles (Drava Ahara) in third month and with clarified butter in the sixth month of pregnancy. Clarified butter prepared with decocton of prithak parnyadi group in adequate quantites in the seventh month of preganancy. Till the delivery the preganant lady should take liquid food made up of emollients substances and soup of flesh of Jungala animals are prescribed. (Su. Sar. 10/3&4)