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Baby in the Boardroom

Baby in the Boardroom: How to Juggle the Demands of Pregnancy and Your Job Largely because of the huge financial impact of bringing…

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Avoiding Raw Eggs during Pregnancy

There are many things that a pregnant woman cannot have in her diet. Raw meats and raw eggs are both part of the…

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Ayurveda: Herbal Preparations

There are many Ayurvedic preparations that are helpful to the proper development of the fetus for a normal pregnancy and delivery. However, most…

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Ayurveda Body Therapies During Pregnancy

Abhyanga is a gently, warm oil massage that can be done daily on self, and is done professionally by Ayurvedic body therapists. It is very important to include in the daily routine for several reasons. First of all, the strokes that are used move along lymphatic system into the drainage sites. They will remove toxins from the blood and lymph. The massage also enhances circulation and soothe the vata dosha in the form of touch, calming the mind. It is the opposite of the vata qualities, as it is warm, moist, and smooth, and heavy. It is important for a pregnant woman to feel comfortable in her own skin, and performing this massage daily is a luxurious way to take notice of your body and take appreciation of it. It is very grounding and can be very effective in bringing the mind and focus inward. The oil is lubricating to the dhatus and will nourish dry skin. Massage oils are herbalized, and vary in indication,…

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Ayurveda Foetal Development

In the classical Ayurvedic texts, the gradual development of the growing baby in the womb is described. A major component to the physical formation of the foetus is the dhatus, or bodily tissues, as they hold the structure of the body. 1st Trimester: From the moment of conception to the end of the first 14 weeks or so, a tremendous amount of growth and development occur. Mainly, however, it is generalized by a state of fluid, as the embryo is in a jelly-like state until the end of the first several weeks. The rasa dhatu, or tissue of plasma, serum and lymph represent the fluids of the body and are what is mainly being developed at this time, along with the foetal growth organs. The sense organs and all the limbs emerge simultaneously. Another important milestone that occurs in this stage of life is the beating of the heart. In Ayurveda, the heart is considered the seat of consciousness. The heart of the foetus is…

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Ayurveda Psychology in Pregnancy

In Ayurvedic psychology, the concept of the gunas is discussed. The gunas are three qualities, tamas, rajas and sattva. Tamas represents stillness and darkness. Rajas represents movement and stimulation. Sattva is the quality of knowledge and purity. In psychology, the gunas represent different states of mind. It is important to pay attention to the gunas in pregnancy because one should always try to move closer to a sattvic lifestyle in order to live a more pure life, and a pregnant woman should try to give her baby as much sattvic quality as possible. Different things influence the gunas, such as diet and activities, or even train of thought. It is because of this that it is not recommended for pregnant women to watch violent or ill-natured films, or focus on this sort of subject matter. Surely, the mind of a pregnant woman can seem like another at times. Between aggrivation of doshas, rampant hormones and all the changes she is facing, a lot of fear,…

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Ayurveda Dietary Recommendations

It was mentioned previously how important agni is to process the fuel that is given to the body, but equally important is the…

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Ayurveda: Pregnancy

Pregnancy and the Doshas The pregnant woman is referred to as the garbhini in Sanskrit. Therefore, the care of the pregnant woman is stated as garbhini paricharya. There are many recommendations that she should follow during this time that are fairly consistent from woman to woman. For instance, although there are cases where a woman might need to restrict her diet based on her prakriti, constitution, or vikruti, current state of imbalance, for the most part in pregnancy, it is advised to include dravyas, or substances, that might be avoided otherwise, due to the constitutional makeup of the growing baby. Pregnancy is a very delicate and unique situation, because it is one in which all of the doshas are being increased in the body under normal circumstances. The doshas are made up of two different elements, or mahabhutas, found in nature. The combined quality of air and ether compose vata dosha, the energy created by fire and water is pitta dosha, and it is that…

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Ayurveda: Postpartum

Postpartum Period After the baby is born, the mother has much recouperating to do. Getting to know the newborn child while trying to…

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Ayurveda: Before Conceiving

Introduction Pregnancy is one of the most dynamic, challenging, and rewarding times that a woman will experience in her life. She will certainly come to face some very interesting changes that she couldn't even perceive possible, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It is imperative during this time that she has adequate support and knowledge to sustain her well-being throughout pregnancy, childhood and beyond. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, based on the patterns and energy found in nature, provides a complete system of support that will guide a pregnant woman with care and confidence through this amazing time. Sankya Philosophy Within a seed, the intelligence of the entire plant resides. In a nourishing environment, a single pit of a peach grows a ten foot tree. Purusha, or pure consciousness is represented by this dormant seed, unmanifested but with endless potential. The first step of creation is referred to as prakriti, also the word used to describe an individual's constitution that is set at birth. Mahat describes the…

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