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Monthly Regime in Pregnancy

The monthly regime is followed every month by a pregnant woman as advised by Ayurveda. This regime promotes the growth and development of the foetus and prevents abortion and miscarriages.
 

First Month

During the first month, cold milk, a sweet, cold and liquid diet and a diet to which she is used should be given as during this time she cannot take proper diet and suffers from nausea and vomiting. 

Milk mixed with honey and ghee (saturated fat) is very useful. Milk is a complete food and during the 1st trimester prevents dehydration.Milk medicated with-Yastimadu (Glycyrrhiga glabra), Kakoli (Roscoe purpured), Saptaparni (Desmodium gengetion) etc. supply extra nourishment to mother, as during pregnancy mother has to nourish herself as well as the foetus. These also help in producing milk from breast during lactation period. 

These drugs are used during the 2nd and 3rd months. Non-medicated milk is used during the 1st month.
 

Second Month
Apart from the above mentioned drugs, during the second month, milk medicated with sweet medicines, e.g. Kakoli group and sweet, cold and liquid food items, Asmantaka, Tila, Pippali, Manjistha, Satavari etc. should be given to the pregnant lady.

Paste of Mrnala, Nagakesara, Tagara, Kamala, Bilva and Camphor prepared in goat's milk should also be given for better results.
 

Third Month

Milk with ghee and honey, sweet, cold and liquid food items and milk with rice should be administered apart from the drugs mentioned in the first month. Nagakesara and sugar in cow's milk should also be given to the lady. 
  

Fourth Month

During this month she should be given medicated milk and butter extracted from milk, cooked rice, medicated rice, rice with milk and butter, meat of wild animals, etc as during this month the foetus settles in the uterus and all the organs develop. 
 
Due to this the body weight of the mother increases. Hence by eating the above mentioned food stuff she feels light and happy as these are easily and quickly digestible items.

Paste of roots of Banana, Utpala and Valuk in cow's milk should also be included in her diet. 
 

Fifth Month

During the 5th month she should be given ghee prepared with butter, cooked rice with ghee, meat, milk, rice, and gruel. During this month the woman becomes emaciated as all her nourishment is passed on to the foetus. 
 
Paste of Pomegranate leaves and Sandalwood in curds and honey
should also form part of her diet.
 

Sixth Month

During the 6th month ghee medicated with drugs like Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) should be given. As a diuretic, it helps during complications of water accumulation and reduces odema. Drugs of vidarigandhadi group can also be given. As this group is an anabolic, it prevents emaciation and maintains health of foetus and mother.

Ghee medicated or mixed with milk or buttermilk helps in maintaining strength and complexion of mother as during the 6th month foetus derives more nourishment from the mother and hence she feels more tired.
 

Seventh Month

During the 7th month she should be given sweet dish like milk and ghee medicated with sweet, i.e. Kakoli group of medicines or Prthakparni and Saliparni group of medicines, powder of Ustra, Goksuraka, Musta, Samanga, Nagakesara and Padmaka with honey etc. as the foetus during this month attains overall maturity and the  women feels excessively exhausted due to more loss of blood and nutrition.
 

Eighth Month

During 8th month rice gruel prepared with milk and ghee should be given as this improves complexion, voice, and compactness of foetal body. Milk medicated with roots of Kapittha, Brhati, Bilva, Patola, Sugarcane and Nidigdhika is also given.

Most woman experience constipation during late pregnancy, due to pressure of gravid uterus and effect of progesterone.

Use of enema during the 8th month relieves constipation and provides strength to myometriun which helps during labour. Enema of oil medicated with bala (Sida acuta) atibala, satapuspa (Foeniculum bvalgare) should be given followed by enema of sour substance like rock salt.
 

Ninth Month

Use of enema during the 9th month relieves constipation and provides strength to myometriun which helps during labour. Asthapan basti (enema) with Badara juice, Bala, Atibala Satapuspa, milk curds, thin water on curds, oils, salts, Madanaphala, Honey and Ghee, should be given so that the constipation and gases are relieved.

Apart from this vaginal tampon of oil should be given for lubrication of vaginal tract as this helps in relaxation of perineum and results in normal labour. 

Diet should consist of meat soup with cooked rice, rice gruel and cold decoction of pounded leaves of drugs. Rice gruel should be given after medicated enema as it provides strength to mother.

Tenth Month

Rice gruel boiled in milk with ghee (added to it) and mutton soup. It should be given after medicated enema as it provides strength to mother.
 

Following the month wise regimen is important
  • For maintaining health and increasing strength.
  • Providing nutrition and complexion to both mother as well as the baby.
  • For passage of urine and stools without any difficulty.
  • Softening of pelvic organs, abdomen, back, skin and nails and for easy delivery.

By following this dietetic regime the woman remains healthy and delivers at the right time a child possessing good health, energy, strength, and a good voice. 
  

Things to remember
  • After eight month these procedures may be carried out in a delicate manner if they are imperative, e.g. the emetic chosen should be sweet and mild in action.

  • Instead of purgatives, one should select a laxative diet or enema.

  • The diet as well as medicines should not be toxic to the foetus.

 
 
 
 

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