Garbha Sanskar

What can I do to practise Garbha sanskar?

Garbha sanskar is all about keeping yourself in a good state emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually for the sake of your growing baby. To do this, ancient scriptures suggest:

  • listening to music
  • thinking positive and being stress-free
  • eating healthily
  • yoga
  • meditation and prayer
  • being creative
  • communicating with your unborn child

How do I keep positive throughout my pregnancy?

Even the best humoured of us have bad days or are prone to tension and worry. And during pregnancy, raging hormones can make you more emotional than usual. So even though you might want to keep happy and stress free throughout, you are likely to have mood swings or ups and downs. You can help yourself be happy by thinking of the things you like doing and trying extra hard to take time out for them. This will be easier to do with your first pregnancy.

If you do not have time for a hobby, even reading books or seeing a good movie can do the trick. According to Garbh sanskar, it is believed that reading educative books during pregnancy will pass on the wisdom to the child. So for ages, pregnant women have been encouraged to read mythological stories and scriptures, in the hope that good moral values would reach their babies. If you'd prefer something more modern, you could read other books. Whether it's about cooking, self-help, romance, nursery rhymes or fairy tales, read something that makes you feel happy. A good comedy or movie with a happy ending can also lift your spirits.

You could also just simply remember good moments in your life, or go on a holiday and soak up the picturesque surroundings. Or perhaps, you could put up photographs of your loved ones, around you.

If you are going through a tough time in your life, try some of our tips to help you cope through periods of stress. Also read about whether your baby can be affected by your stress or negative emotions.

What kind of food is good during pregnancy?

Of everything you do while you are pregnant, eating right is probably the thing that will affect your baby most directly.

Garbha sanskar recommends a sattvik diet or a pure diet during pregnancy. This means eating only freshly-made meals using fresh vegetables. It also means eating in moderation. A sattvik dish is one which contains vital nutrients in balanced proportions. Sattvik food also has all the different kinds of taste - sweet, bitter, sour, salty, pungent and astringent. A sattvik diet also means avoiding food that is spicy, fermented and which contains preservatives.

It is believed that such a diet will keep you and your baby healthy and pure. Of course if you have a craving for chocolate, there's no harm in indulging once in a while! To know more about what to eat during pregnancy, see our eating right area.

Check with your doctor before making any major changes to your diet. Read our article if you need help making a diet plan.

What are the benefits of yoga during pregnancy?

  • Yoga during pregnancy is said to:
  • Increase the flexibility and elasticity of your muscles, which would be useful during labour
  • Improve your blood circulation, which will help to reduce pregnancy related backaches and leg cramps.
  • Increase your capacity to bear pain during pregnancy and labour
  • Help in keeping your weight in check
  • Calm and relax you. The pranayama and breathing techniques employed in yoga are particularly relaxing.