All About Garbh Sanskar: What is it? How to Do it? Why to Do it?

What is Garbh Sanskar?

Sanskar means ‘impression’,  Impressions inculcated into the fetal mind continue to build up throughout life. These impressions are made by teaching and educating the yet unborn child in the womb or the Garbh. The practice of imparting these impressions to the fetus has been called Garbh Sanskar. Originally mentioned in Rig-Veda composed ~3500 years ago

Why to do Garbh Sanskar?

Sanskaar uplifts and enlightens the human soul. The Garbha Sanskar is targeted to improve the, Intellectual, Emotional, Social, Spiritual Quotient of the unborn child. There is vertical transmission of feelings, mental and emotional alike, to the child. A mother is therefore required to be happy, healthy and peaceful during the pregnancy

How to do Garbh Sanskar?

Rig Veda mentions a rigorous routine to be followed by the mother in order to perform the Garbh Sanskar
We suggest to follow these steps of Garbh Sanskar

a) Recitation of Shlokas
b) Eat right
c) Dress appropriate
d) Positive interactions
e) Right attitude
f) Pleasant Surroundings
g) Reading good literature

Parameters of Garbh Sanskar?

1) Antenatal growth
2) Fetal kick count
3) Milestones after labor
4) Sleep pattern of baby
5) Response to stimuli
6) Crying pattern of child
7) Average intelligence of child
8) Social behavior of the child
9) Spiritual behavior of child

When to Start Garbh Sanskar?

According to scriptures Garbhadhan Sanskar begins 3 months prior to the conception
Therefore PRE-CONCEPTIONAL Counselling. The thought process of mind has a direct effect on DNA. Therefore the mindset at the time of conception and even prior to conception has to be right.

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Guide to Healthy Garbh Sanskar?

This offers a list of guidelines for would-be parents. This aim of any parent is to bear and nurture a healthy, capable child who can face the pressures of our increasingly complex lifestyles. An Ayurvedic solution to this situation has slowly gained momentum — a process called Garbha Sanskar.

Garbha Sanskar is both a medical practice and a ‘culture’. Just like a person brought up in a musician’s house imbibes a musical culture, the child is conditioned within the womb. The practice has been developed over four decades of research and medical practice.

What Garbha Sanskar involves
Traditional diet planning, the use of herbal preparations, yoga, music, behavioural suggestions, and ayurvedic medicines are all used in harmony. The idea is to enhance every aspect of the mother’s life. Ideally, preparations should start at least a year before conception. Garbha Sanskar covers pregnancy, childbirth and guides parents until the child is two years old. Parents who have followed these instructions say their babies are able to hold their heads up, turn on their side and begin speaking earlier than other babies. They sleep soundly for several hours and have far fewer health concerns than their peers. In some cases, they show extra-ordinary development.

Preparing for conception in Garbha Sanskar
A healthy diet and lifestyle is recommended so the couple achieves peak physical and psychological health. The reproductive cells are the most potent cells in the body and need special nourishment, so health tonics such as panchamrut, are vital. Seminal fluids are also an indicator of the health of reproductive cells. If either partner suffers from deficiencies of any kind, an Ayurvedic Pancha Karma is recommended before conception. The process aims to cleanse the body of toxins. Its therapies lubricate the body internally and use techniques to expel toxins naturally. This is followed by therapy for specific problems as individually required.

During pregnancy
Ancient descriptions of foetal development are surprisingly accurate. A month-by-month diet that supports every development, and health tonics are advised to keep up strength and provide essential nutrients. Yoga and oiling the body is a must. Use oil that is cultured with herbs such as bala, sahachar and ashwagandha to reduce stretch marks and prevent breasts from sagging.

Several food and behavioural precautions are listed for the mother. Mixing fruit and milk can be particularly harmful, as it causes allergies in the baby. Around the fourth month, the mother will experience food cravings. These are to be adequately satisfied and sensitively treated, as they are the cravings of the foetus and will help it develop better.

Garbh Sanskar and Music Therapy

The use of healing music is the most important aspect of Garbha Sanskar. It is well-known that music or sound vibration reaches the baby in the womb. It has a soul and recognizes values.

The baby can be cultured, especially through certain mantras and music found in the Indian tradition. But this does not necessarily work with any singing voice. Only certain voices will exhibit the ability to be penetrating and actually reach the child in the womb and help shape its mind.

The choice of music to be heard during pregnancy is also important. The Rig, Sama and Yajur Veda mantras promote a healthy pregnancy, good growth of the parts of the body, and stimulate the development of the sense organs, respectively. After childbirth, the music serves to calm the child. Babies find it enjoyable and are able to sleep comfortably with its help.

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What is Garbh Sanskar

Childbirth and Childcare

Garbha Sanskar favours a natural delivery. It holds that this is far less traumatic for the baby, compared to the shock of sudden exposure to the outside environment through caesarean section. Exercises and external applications during labour facilitate a simple and less painful delivery.

Some of the essential steps after delivery include oiling the baby’s fontanel (homemade ghee can be used), and feeding it a touch of gold infused honey to boost nervous system activity.

The mother regains her strength through an easily digestible and nutritious diet, and loses excess weight through basic yoga. The date powder, shatavari kalpa and dhatri rasayan must be continued to help the production of good and adequate breast milk.

Some guidelines for childcare
– Until the child is two years old, it needs regular oil massages to help growth
– While he or she can start eating other food after it is six months old, it must be breast fed until it is a year old
– Do not place the baby’s bed under direct light
– Avoid loud and disturbing noises » Introduce new foods gradually, and allow the baby to start eating by itself at a certain age even if it creates a mess

Garbh Sanskar Diet Considerations

How to make panchamrut
Panchamrut, meaning ‘the five nectars’, is a traditional, extremely nourishing recipe. It provides general strength, boosts potency, improves immunity and vitalises the brain. It should be eaten every day, preferably in the morning, on an empty stomach.

In a cup, add in the following order (serves 1) 1 tsp curd (not yogurt) 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp honey 2 tsp ghee 7-8 teaspoons milk (full fat, boiled and cooled) Mix well before eating

Pre-conception foods
For potential parents, almonds, panchamrut and chyanvanprash are essential.

Food during pregnancy
– Apart from a balanced vegetarian diet, iron and calcium are most important for a pregnant woman. She should consume milk, Ayurvedic ghee and fresh juices of sweet seasonal fruits
– Calcium can be ingested through dry dates, traditional dink (Gum acacia) ladoos and poppy seeds
– For iron and folic acid, eat black raisins, figs, saffron, spinach, pomegranate and apples

Foods suggested for every month
1st month: Milk at room temperature sipped throughout the day
2nd month: A cup of milk with a spoon of shatavari kalpa twice a day, before sunset
3rd month: Mix one teaspoon of ghee and ½ teaspoon of honey in a cup of room temperature milk. Drink every morning
4th month: Over the day, eat 10 gms of homemade butter (white)
5th month: Ingest six to seven teaspoons of ghee over the day
6th & 7th month: 1 teaspoon of ghee cultured with sweet herbs every morning. This should be prepared by an Ayurvedic doctor
8th month: One bowl of kheer with breakfast or lunch. Can be made with rice, semolina, wheat, or seviya
9th month: No specific diet. Regular intake of milk and ghee.

Post delivery diet

Khichdi, light soups, dal and rice, bhakri and chapati. Ahleev (garden cress) kheer. Lightly prepared vegetables. No gravies. No oil and minimal spices until the child is being breastfed. Drink warm water instead of room temperature water throughout the day.

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