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, anger or depression can be experienced. The influence of emotion can be very powerful, the elevated senses of a pregnant woman can at times be overwhelming to her and her family. It is because of this that regular meditation should be practiced. In examining thoughts and emotions, it is easier to keep perspective and to label thoughts as just thatand nothing more. Thus they can be released and a great deal of pressure can subside. It is imperative that the expectant mother not dwell on emotions for long, and should seek counseling if specific issues seem to come up consistently in order to find a way to resolve them. Emotions can shed a lot of light on what is going on in the body, and by paying attention to what emotional tendency, ie., anger, sadness, etc., is prominent, measures can be taken with diet and lifestyle to counteract them. This will be discussed in more depth.