गर्भाधानं पुंसवनं सीमंतो जातकर्म च। नामक्रियानिष्क्रमणेअन्नाशनं वपनक्रिया:।। कर्णवेधो व्रतादेशो वेदारंभक्रियाविधि:। केशांत स्नानमुद्वाहो विवाहाग्निपरिग्रह:।।त्रेताग्निसंग्रहश्चेति संस्कारा: षोडश स्मृता:।
Garbh (Fetus) + Sanskar (Developmental and Educational ritual) is an ancient Indian practice to influence the physical, mental and behavioral evolvements through the progressive stages of an unborn baby at the Gestational Age’. These influences are induced by the physical, mental, behavioral and social situation and environment of the mother carrying the baby in her womb. In short, this phrase can be termed as the Science of Gesto- Evolutional Persona or ‘Garbh Sanskar’ popularly.
‘Garbh Sanskar’ stands in the middle of two major rituals-
This whole journey of ‘Garbh Sanskar’ is designed and followed as per the monthly development of fetus and for each organ to develop at its adequate time of gestational age.
Garbh Sanskar is a practice that has been long followed in the ancient times and we have been told about ‘Garbh Sanskar’ in great deal in the epics like ‘Mahabharat’ where Abhimanyu; son of Arjun was trained at martial skills in her mother’s womb even before he took birth. The other similar evidences too have been quoted in ‘Vishnu Puraan’. Though to imbibe a child with such skills in womb is a big task in the current era as the details of such in depth ‘Garbh Sanskar’ are missing due to the loss of those scriptures that describe such journey of a child before he/she takes birth. However, the latest scientific researches and recent evidences suggest that keeping a certain disciplined lifestyle, diet and ambience in the home and around the mother do help greatly to the expecting mothers during the ‘Garbh Sanskar’.
The Significance of Garbh Sanskar
We almost plan everything in our life. When we plan, sometimes we get success and sometimes we fail but there are certain events in life where we not only plan but we engage ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually. ‘Garbh Sanskar’ is that such one journey for the couples planning to bring a healthy soul on this earth. At ‘AAS Ayurveda’, we take care of expecting couples by easing and planning ‘Garbh Sanskar’ to not to leave any gap in their baby planning. We create this ‘Garbh Sanskar’ journey and prepare you for this beautiful phase called parenthood. The experience and joy of ‘PARENTHOOD’ come with the great responsibility to bear and raise a child. This responsibility has been well planned by our ancient sages and Ayurveda scholars from Vedic era in the form of various ‘Sanskars’ of which ‘Garbh Sanskar’ is the basic one as ‘Garbh Sanskar’ works from the level of BEEJ (Ovum and SPERM) to JEEV (Human being).
Diet and Lifestyle
Ayurveda says whatever a mother eats, the Ras of that food gets divided in three parts: Mata, Garbh and Stan i-e milk for the nourishment of the born infant. Hence a pregnant lady is ought to eat appropriate number of calories with balanced nutrients which need to be exclusively designed as per the individual body type and requirement. The concept of individuality in Ayurveda can be understood with a simple example- A woman with small body frame and low weight will be requiring to have totally different diet and lifestyle than a woman with large body frame and more weight. This diet and nutrition is planned and modified every month in the ‘Garbh Sanskar’ journey on the basis of requirements and developmental stages of the fetus such as brain, heart, skin, hair, blood, and Ojas of the unborn child.
Ayurveda recommends ‘Yogasans’ and some strengthening exercises for the muscular toning and proper blood circulation with adequate endocrine secretions to avoid Gestational diabetes, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism and other pregnancy related medical complications. It is strictly advisable to perform these asana or exercise under the expert guidance as different trimesters and body type of mother needs different ways of workout. While the expected mothers should perform some Yogasans that stay helpful in this phase, there are some aasans which are totally contra indicated in the pregnancy.
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The Music and Prayers
During ‘Garbh Sanskar’, the spiritual development is improvised with meditation techniques that include spiritual shlokas, silence, music, worshipping the deity, hearing pleasant sounds and some other activities. The social activities too can be imbibed in mother’s womb by the fetus during ‘Garbh Sanskar’ while learning from the external environment. So, it is very important to be in a creative and productive environment while planning your ‘Garbh Sanskar’ journey.
Bearing a healthy child is every parent’s dream and the steps mentioned in ‘Garbh Sanskar’ should be done in the authentic way where the unborn is positively communicated through these steps. Performing this pious procedure of ‘Garbh Sanskar’ should strictly be done under the expert guidance of a well learned Ayurvedacharya.
Disclaimer- All the above listed items are listed as general guidelines only, since Ayurveda believes in the philosophy of Individualistic nature of human beings, it is highly recommended to take the expert advice from your Ayurvedic physician or from AAS Ayurveda to plan this ‘Garbh Sanskar’ journey for you and your partner in a personalized way. The outcome of ‘Garbh Sanskar’ may vary from individual to individual depending upon their involvement during this phase, health conditions, age etc. All the references have been taken from the ancient Ayurvedic texts and from the best clinical practices over the years by the physicians of AAS Ayurveda.