Nurturing a baby in the womb is just like taking care of the seed after planting it in the soil. We need to provide water and nutrients to it regularly and take ample care of it. To get a healthy baby, we need to take care of it right from the time the baby is conceived. This ritual of taking care of the foetus, the bonding between the mother and foetus is known as Garbh Sanskar. Garbh sanskar is coined from the traditional language, Sanskrit, which means, “pedagogy in the womb”. It originates from the notion that the overall development of the baby, including the physical and mental development starts right from the time the baby is in the womb only. It is rightly said that all the activities of the mother as well as her mental state have a considerable impact on the growth and development of the foetus.
Garbh Sanskar – myth or fact
An Ayurvedic practice, which is slowly and steadily gaining popularity in India, Garbh Sanskar is a meticulous process of assisting in the growth and development of the baby when it is still inside the womb of the mother. The basic principle of Garbh Sanskar is that the foetus takes in all the external stimuli provided by the mother like soothing music, voice reading out books aloud, proper nutrition, positive thoughts, the sensation of touch, etc. All these stimuli help in the physical, mental, psychological growth and development, in other words, the holistic growth of the unborn child.
Although it is indeed difficult to imagine the baby experiencing things even before its birth, that is what actually happens. The baby listens to the mother and experiences her feelings even when it is developing in her womb. The baby’s first impressions can be shaped up by listening to good music, visualizing, massaging gently, meditating and of course, with the help of positive thinking.
Mythological evidence –
Indian mythology is filled with stories illustrating garbh sanskar. The foremost is the story of Abhimanyu and the Chakravyuh in the Mahabharata. When Abhimanyu was inside his mother’s womb, his father, Arjuna was enumerating to his mother, Uttara about how to enter inside the Chakravyuh. So, afterwards, in the great battle of the Kurukshetra, when Abhimanyu needed to go inside the Chakravyuh, he could easily do so because he remembered everything from the time he spent in his mother’s womb. So, it can be evidenced that the surrounding environment of a mother’s womb has a profound effect on the growth and development of the baby.
Scientific evidence –
Garbh sanskar is so popular nowadays because researchers have proved its efficiency and action by conducting various surveys. There are scientific shreds of evidence that prove that a baby inside the mother’s womb retaliates to the external stimulus and can also listen. Doctors and experts also believe that the hormonal secretions in the mother’s body have a significant effect on the foetus, which are activated by the thoughts of a mother on the unborn baby.
So, how does Garbh Sanskar help the unborn baby?
Garbh Sanskar helps to generate an optimistic and confident aura around the mother. Mothers who have followed it and have listened to Garbh Sanskar music have testified that their babies have started speaking, crawling, walking much earlier than other babies. Some of them say that their babies’ sleeping patterns are much more regular and that their overall growth and development are much healthier than other babies.
Garbh Sanskar is not only advantageous for the foetus, or the baby, it is also beneficial for the health of the mother. Besides, it also helps in the formation of a bond between the mother and the child. In fact, this has a great impact on the health of the mother also. The positive thinking and positive mindset help the mother to remain at an equilibrium during the hard times of pregnancy.
Some of the practices of Garbh Sanskar are even supported by foreign experts. They say it may be worth talking to the baby, reading educational books and listening to music while being pregnant. This shall make the baby better at breastfeeding, have better sleeping habits, more content, be more alert and confident, more active at birth, and bond with parents better.
So, what can a mother do to practice Garbh Sanskar?
Garbh sanskar is all about being in a positive state, be it emotionally, socially, mentally, physically and spiritually for the sake of your growing baby. In order to practise it, the ancient scriptures suggest that the mother listens to music, thinks positive, eats healthy, does yoga, practises meditation and prayer, performs acts of creativity and communicates with the unborn child.
Promoting healthy eating habits- An adequate dietary regime is required to be followed. The diet should comprise all the vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Thinking positively – As it is, during pregnancy, the mother’s mind undergoes many upheavals. Garbh sanskar therapies also include stabilising the mental state of the mother.
Doing some light exercise and yoga- Garbh Sanskar instructs mothers to take up some light exercising schedule for the benefit of both the mother and her baby.
Meditating- Meditation reduces mental stress, helps bring equilibrium, peace and tranquillity to the mother’s mind, and also enhances concentration.
Performing prayers- Praying is evidenced to be beneficial for the spiritual development of the baby.
Listening to Garbh Sanskar music- Sessions on different music instruments ( sounds of various musical instruments and different ragas create positive vibrations which are very soothing). Also, a baby responds to music while still in the mother’s womb. Garbh sanskar believes that sounds of veena strumming can help calm the baby. Nowadays, various garbh sanskar music CDs are also available in the market.
Reading out aloud from spiritual and calming books – it brings forth a feeling of satisfaction and contentment. It is believed to pass on intelligence to the unborn child. This is why mythological stories and books on moral values are recommended.
So, practise these simple methods of Garbh Sanskar and experience the supreme feeling of peace and harmony it gives to you and your baby.
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