Birthing is a normal phenomenon which is happening every minute on this earth. The women’s body, cells and genes are flooded with more information than all the researches put together regarding natural and normal birthing. So if allowed and properly supported without interfering with the normal process which is spontaneous, the whole pregnancy period can be a real pleasure.
Yoga has a very meaningful prescription for a healthy pregnancy. If we had maintained the body and mind in its proper, healthy status there is no cause for concern. But as we have failed in this aspect, we need to re-adjust our living style to cope with the pregnancy requirements.
Women are unnecessarily anxious, worried, fear stricken about such a natural phenomenon. If we observe, nothing about pregnancy is to be manually handled other than initiating the process. Once the process is triggered, the body knows where to deposit the fertilized egg, the body knows how to form the baby’s organs, knows how and when to bring baby to life, knows what kind of food it requires during different phases of pregnancy, knows how to redistribute the nutrients to nourish the baby and the mother as well, and it also knows when it is the right time to send the baby out of the womb.
Taking the major part of pregnancy into account we have hardly anything to do but listen to the body’s signals, only to fulfil the responsibility of supporting such a marvellous phenomenon. The modern approach to pregnancy is more aggressive than friendly and caring. Most of the time caring outfit the hospital personnel wear on their faces is only to keep the patient with them and not with a genuine concern about wellbeing of the patient. It is very important to make the women believe in herself and her in built capabilities than to unnecessarily burden her with useless pathological information and implications etc. and her caretakers with extortionate hospital bills.
If, at home, the ignorant myths held by the people near and dear about pregnancy, are spoiling the ease and comfort of the very pleasant journey for the expecting lady, many doctors are unnecessarily inducing fear for the financial benefit of the organization they are working for. Unnecessary rests are advised; unnecessary dietary regulations are imposed and excessive food is fed which not only takes away the emotional freedom of a would be mother but also severely hampers her mental peace and physical fitness. People taking care of the pregnant woman should never feed her anxiety (which is not called for in the first place), instead make sure she carries on her normal activities but with little extra caution.
All these millions of past years the so called specialized doctors did not exist to take care of the baby or the mother but still the population spur could hardly be controlled! Interfering with a natural process has been a serious flaw in modern medical approach. On special occasions which warrant medical intervention, it certainly is wise to approach a well-qualified doctor but not and never otherwise. It will be a wise practice if pregnant women keep the visit to the doctor at a bare optimum requirement and never more than that.
Simple things to know during pregnancy can be;
Just be your natural self
Remember nothing untoward or nothing which your body cannot take is happening to you
Keep in mind that You are loving this process and you are having it willingly
Your body has all the information required from zygote formation to the birth of a baby
Your body is your first doctor, so listen to your body. It gives you indications from time to time about what it needs.
Just support your body and fulfil its requirements just like when you feel hungry you eat, when you feel thirsty you drink water etc.
Rest when your body says it needs rest otherwise pursue normal activities
When you feel energetic to work then work to your heart’s content
Working and keeping agile can improve the berthing experience and ease the labour
Do pranayama regularly as more oxygen is required to be deliberately taken in. Owing to the restricted expansion of lungs due to increased size of the womb normal breathing will not suffice
Be careful that you are not straining your muscles and ligaments while doing pranayama (which is nothing but simple, complete and slow breathing)
Until and unless you are already proficient in advanced pranayama practice you should not practice variants of pranayama.
Precisely speaking simple, deep, effortless breathing several times a day is all that is required
Do simple Yogasanas (prescribed by learned Yoga instructor) as per your needs and without extending your limits. This keeps your body flexible, strong and healthy
Eat slowly chewing the food well and eat normally. As the popular myth goes you don’t have to eat for the two.
While eating concentrate on the process and not watch TV or read anything during eating as this practice can make you miss the valuable signals from the body.
Know for sure, food is all that has transformed into you and transforms into your baby
Do not listen to harsh music as it can send jerks through your nervous system creating agitation within
Avoid conflicts and arguments with the fellow members of the family as it can seriously compromise your mental peace
Meditating at least 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the night can be a very great healing and rejuvenating practice
Simplest meditation could be
Sitting in a comfortable posture
Sit idle for 2 minutes
Close your eyes
Start observing your breath
Be aware of the coldness of breath while inhaling
Be aware of the warmth of the exhaled breath
Do this for 10-20 minutes
Open your eyes slowly
Lie down on a flat surface and do Shavasana for 10 minutes
Any natural phenomenon is bound to be wonderful, requiring less effort and very pleasant. With the necessary preparation of your emotions you can have the best of experience with the life’s most miraculously joyous journey.