Grabha sanskar is a sanskrit term which means ‘education in womb’. It is traditionally believed that a child’s behavioural and mental development starts at the conception and can be impacted by the mother’s state of mind. According to Garbha sanskar, your baby can sense and get influenced by outside sounds like music. Your thoughts and feelings can also reach your baby.This is the reason that elders in the family generally advice the pregnant woman to stay calm and positive during pregnancy.
Practicing garbha sanskar
Garbha sanskar suggests a set of practices and a way of life that would help the mother to remain in best possible frame of mind. This includes staying relaxed and positive which can be achieved by listening to your favourite music, communicating with your baby, meditating and having healthy lifestyle.
How does music contribute?
Many scientific evidences suggest that baby’s brain develops up to 60 per cent in the womb. Your baby will start to hear between 23 weeks and 27 weeks of pregnancy. The clearest sound that your baby will hear is the constant beat of your heart. It’s likely that your baby’s ability to hear helps it to understand speech rhythms. This is the first step towards learning how language works.
Other cultures too share the concept of ‘education in the womb’ or Garbha sanskar.
It is very popular in Korea and in many western cultures as well, certain types of music such as Mozart, is believed to have a positive effect on the baby. Music is believed to help develop baby’s sense of hearing and stimulate its brain development.
How can I maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Healthy lifestyle includes eating healthy and staying active. You can perform various physical activities to stay active, like walking, prenatal yoga, pilates etc.
Healthy eating habits:
Eating right would have a direct impact on your baby’s development. Garbha sanskar recommends a pure diet (sattvik diet) during pregnancy. Basically, sattvik diet means eating only freshly-made meals using fresh vegetables and also recommends eating in moderation. A sattvik dish is one which contain all the essential nutrients in balanced proportions. Sattvik food includes different kinds of taste like sweet, sour, bitter, salty, pungent and astringent.
Spicy and fermented food, containing preservatives, should be avoided.
Benefits of yoga:
Yoga during pregnancy helps to:
- Increase the elasticity and flexibility of your muscles (which would be useful during labour)
- Helps to reduce pregnancy related backaches and leg cramp by improving blood circulation
- Increase your capacity to bear pain during pregnancy and labour
- Keep your weight in check
- Calm and relax you.
How will meditation and praying help during pregnancy?
Meditation is an integral part of Garbha sanskar as well as yoga. It helps in improving your concentration and provides you mental peace. This is believed to help your baby develop, the ability of staying calm even during stressful situations.
How do I communicate with my unborn baby?
Caressing, singing and talking to your bump are popular ways of communicating. You could talk to your baby about a different topic every day. Communicating with your baby (also known as Garbha sanwaad), is considered to be one of the most important aspects of Garbha sanskar. It is believed to stimulate your baby’s senses, and contribute to it’s physical as well as mental growth. It can also help in building a strong bond between you and your baby.
Things your baby needs to prepare for life outside the womb will filter through naturally, as you go about daily life.
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