Back to Nature for Perfect Pregnancy

Pregnancy is like a mixed bag of emotions which brings with it happiness, excitement, stress and a range of diverse moods. Pregnancy is not a pathological but physiological condition. Therefore, doctors should be glad to be an informed Guide to help a woman enjoy the most beautiful phase of her life. However, it is sad to see some of our gynecologists condescending to the level of a prescription-vending machines by callously recommending vitamin supplements throughout all stages of pregnancy. It is imperative that every gynecologist considers it his/her responsibility to enlighten women about right lifestyle decisions which will determine one's reproductive life.

For instance, women may often face hormonal problems that can lead to mood swings, change in eating habits etc., during this period. However, pregnant women should refrain from resorting to medication and gulping down supplements and should instead seek natural remedies and grandmother's solutions as the first step. If the symptoms persist, one should definitely seek medical attention.

Some of the home remedies/natural ways for pregnancy related ailments that a new mother should be aware of:

Avoid Stress: Stress during pregnancy is commonplace. It is natural for a mother-to-be to worry about the healthy growth of her developing fetus, the inordinate pain of labour and life after childbirth. However, if a mother does not overcome stress, it could lead to anxiety and depression. Reading one's favourite books, listening to good music, exercising for 20-30min every day can help women to contain stress and think positively. Studies indicate happy mothers give birth to healthy children.

Wake up with positive affirmations/ meditation/visualization: One can stay energized and positive throughout the day by simply starting her day by reminding she and her little one is safe, healthy and happy. Positive thoughts are great for the baby and the mother-to-be and it all keeps one positive throughout the day and helps one feel confident.

Eat well: It is very important for a woman to eat well during pregnancy, both for the health of the mother as well as the baby. During pregnancy, the mother should definitely opt for home made food and should avoid eating or ordering outside food. As a practice, she should include one heavy and colorful salad every day in her diet. Yogurt, rice pudding, almonds, walnuts, apples, carrots, fish or chicken, whole grains, steamed vegetables etc are some of the fruits and vegetables one should include in the diet to reap the goodness of nutrients and vitamins essential for healthy pregnancy, naturally.

Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water goes hand in hand with eating well, especially for a new mother. One must ensure that she drinks sufficient amount of water—it carries nutrients through the blood to the baby. Aim at drinking 12 to 13 glasses of water daily, space out sips steadily throughout the day rather than gulping a lot at once. Staying hydrated lessens the chance of preterm labor and miscarriage, and it can help alleviate nausea.

Exercise: Physical exercises are one of the best measures for pregnant women to ensure mitigation of any complications during pregnancy and delivery. Exercising on a regular basis helps in avoiding backaches and fatigue. Mothers should learn the prenatal exercise from elders at home and do it regularly to reduce the risk and to have a normal delivery.

Use Of Cardamom: Cardamom is one of those few spices that do not have any noted side effects on pregnant women. Also they are readily available in most households and can be included in most foods. During pregnancy, consuming cardamom tea helps fight morning sickness that pregnant women often suffer. In addition to this, drinking cardamom tea helps in reducing nausea and stomach cramps.

Pregnancy is undoubtedly the most beautiful experiences in any woman's life. Retain its goodness by going backto Nature.

Dr. Kamini A. Rao is the pioneer of Assisted Reproduction Treatments (ART) in India and a beacon of hope for thousands of infertile couples who are unable to conceive.