A COMPLETE DIET FOR EACH MONTH

At each stage of the foetus' growth, its needs change. We must make sure that it receives everything required at the appropriate time. Acharya Charak recommends that milk and milk products be consumed, on their own, or cultured with medicinal herbs, on a daily basis throughout pregnancy. The various organs and dhatus of the child in the womb develop at different times, so a specific diet has been planned as required by the foetus. These guidelines will help maintain the pregnant woman's health as well.

FIRST MONTH
During this time, when pregnancy is first suspected, small quantities of milk at room temperature (but boiled earlier) should be sipped throughout the day. Eat that which is suitable and can be digested easily. (As most women do not suspect that they are pregnant until a period is missed, it is a good idea to follow this regimen from the time the woman starts trying to conceive.)

SECOND MONTH
the woman should consume milk boiled with water and sweet-tasting herbs, such as shatavari, gokshur, bala, and vidari. The addition of Santulan Shatavari Kalpa to milk is an easy alternative.

THIRD MONTH
Milk with ghee and honey should be taken every morning (one teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of ghee in a cup of warm milk).

FOURTH MONTH
1 tablespoon (10 grams) of homemade butter should be consumed every morning with candy sugar.

FIFTH MONTH
From the fifth month onwards, it is imperative that the normal meal be supplemented with seven to eight teaspoons of ghee daily.

SIXTH AND SEVENTH MONTH
during these months, the consumption of ghee infused with sweet herbs is recommended, ideally on an empty stomach. For example, Shatavari ghrut, or Yashtimadhu ghrut.

EIGHTH MONTH

From the eighth month onwards, kheer, a special soup-like preparation made with milk and sugar and various types of grains, i.e. semolina, rice or wheat, should be eaten daily.

NINTH MONTH

From the beginning of the ninth month, a cotton swab dipped in Santulan Femisan oil, should be placed in the vagina overnight, and be removed in the morning. This should be a regular practice until the baby is born.

During this time the pregnant woman can also be administered an Ayurvedic enema of medicinal oil cultured with sweet-tasting herbs. All these measures help to balance the apanavata, ensuring a smooth and easy delivery.
Following these monthly guidelines throughout pregnancy ensures that the woman's waist, back, pelvic region, hips and thighs, remain lubricated, soft and flexible. In this way, vata, especially apanavata (required for delivery), is balanced, so that labour starts at the appropriate time, and the birth of the child is easy, safe and uneventful.

If followed throughout pregnancy, the diet and herbal remedies advised above, benefit both mother and child. This helps labour occur on schedule and without complications. These guidelines also ensure that the baby is born healthy and robust, with an excellent complexion, a strong voice, and an optimal physical structure. If the expectant mother takes care of her diet, then the pregnancy will progress smoothly, and the delivery is easy.


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