Birthing Interview - Kinal | Garbhasanskar, PPD, Tips for new moms and much more!

Birthing Interview - Kinal | Garbhasanskar, PPD, Tips for new moms and much more!

*This is a podcast interview in the series - Regular Moms | Regular Birthing Stories* 

*This is a Hindi Podcast Interview*

We are here with a very special mother from Ahmedabad : Kinal Parekh.

In this birth story Kinal shares the narrative account of the events surrounding the birth of her son. She talks about the pregnancy being a surprise for her and her family and goes on to share her pregnancy, labor, and delivery experience, as well as the baby's arrival and first moments of life. 

She talks about some very important topics like GARBHASANSKAR and how she did it and what benefits she experienced and gives many useful tips and advices for new mother and those close to the mother. 

She explains the importance of GARBHASANSKAR  and how it affects the mindset of a mother positively and thereby creating a good environment for the developing baby in the womb.

Her entire interview is filled with extremely useful advices for new mothers and to be mothers for example she shares her expectation of wanting to have a normal delivery throughout her pregnancy and then coming to terms with a C-section and how she later realized it was a good thing.

Kinal is extremely strong and empathetic in the interview as she talks about a very important point - HOLD THE MOTHER FIRST, THEN THE BABY.

 She shares how mothers fade into the background after giving birth as all the attention shifts to the baby and this is psychologically damaging to the new mother. She needs that much care and attention as well. She explains and urges everyone listening that when you go to meet a new mom and baby, go to the mother first! 

Her birth story is emotional and deeply personal, and it captures the joy, pain, and anticipation of this life-changing event. 

Watch her entire birth story video interview here :

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You can also hear it in podcast (audio only) here :

The Womb's Classroom: Exploring the Art of Garbhasanskar

What is Garbhasanskar?

  • Garbhasanskar is an ancient Indian practice that aims to nurture and educate the baby while still in the womb. It is based on the belief that a mother's thoughts, emotions, and experiences during pregnancy can have a significant impact on the baby's physical, emotional, and spiritual development.
  • Garbhasanskar includes a range of practices, such as yoga, meditation, chanting, listening to music, and reading sacred texts, that are believed to create a positive and peaceful environment for the baby. It also involves a specific diet and lifestyle guidelines for the mother to ensure the baby receives optimal nutrition and care.
  • The practice of Garbhasanskar is deeply rooted in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine. While it is not scientifically proven, many people in India continue to practice Garbhasanskar as a way to promote a healthy pregnancy and a positive start to their child's life.
  • The practice of Garbhasanskar is based on the belief that the fetus is aware of its surroundings and can benefit from positive experiences and thoughts. It is believed that the practice can have a positive impact on the child's physical and mental health, intelligence, and overall personality. While there is no scientific evidence to support these claims, many people continue to practice Garbhasanskar as a way to connect with their unborn child and promote their well-being.
  • It involves various techniques to nurture the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of a fetus during pregnancy. The word "garbha" means fetus, and "sanskar" means values or virtues. It is believed that the development of a child's personality and behavior begins in the womb, and Garbhasanskar aims to provide a conducive environment for this growth.
  •  The father is also encouraged to participate in the process and support the mother emotionally and mentally.

Is there Scientific Evidence of the benefits of Garbhasanskar?

  • In a study published in the "Journal of Neo Natal Studies" titled : "Garbhsanskar Mental and Intellectual Development of Unborn Child" it has been found that The objectives of Garbha Sanskar technique is to create a healthy, good looking, brilliant, cultured, peace loving and free from hereditary disorders progeny for the future. In this study objective of garbha sanskar is to reduce stress and improve coping and wellbeing of antenatal mother. Since ancient times it has been known that the child in the womb adopts impressions from its surroundings and the behavior of its mother and also starts learning things. This fact has now been confirmed by modern science. 
  • Another study titled " EFFECT OF GARBHASANSKAR ON MATERNAL AND PERINATAL OUTCOME" published in International Journal of medical research and review concludes that Garbh Sanskar is highly effective in reducing maternal stress, anxiety, medical co-morbidities and incidence of operative deliveries and gives better neonatal outcomes in terms of better growth, birth weight and Apgar, hence its practice must be encouraged.
  • "Effect of Garbhasanskar intervention on maternal stress, anxiety, and depression: a randomized controlled trial" by Rajalakshmi D and colleagues (2018). This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of Garbhasanskar intervention in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression levels among pregnant women. The results showed that the intervention had a significant positive impact on reducing maternal stress, anxiety, and depression.

  • "Garbhasanskar: A Scientific Review" by Sneha Limaye and Gopal Patil (2018). This review article explores the various aspects of Garbhasanskar, including its historical context, philosophy, and scientific basis. The authors conclude that while there is limited scientific evidence to support the claims of Garbhasanskar, the practice can have a positive impact.on maternal well-being and fetal development.

  • "Effect of Garbhasanskar intervention on birth weight and gestational age: a randomized controlled trial" by Deepa D and colleagues (2019). This study aimed to evaluate the impact of Garbhasanskar intervention on birth weight and gestational age among pregnant women. The results showed that the intervention had a positive impact on birth weight and gestational age, indicating improved fetal growth and development. 

These research papers suggest that Garbhasanskar may have a positive impact on maternal and fetal health outcomes. However, more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits and limitations of this practice.

How can you practise Garbhasanskar at home?

Here are some ways to practice Garbhasanskar at home:

  1. Meditation: Regular meditation can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels, which can benefit both the mother and the fetus. Find a quiet place and practice meditation for at least 10-15 minutes a day.

  2. Yoga: Yoga can help to improve flexibility, strength, and relaxation. You can practice yoga asanas that are suitable for pregnancy, such as the cat-cow pose, seated forward bend, and gentle twists. However, it is important to consult with a qualified yoga instructor before practicing any yoga asanas during pregnancy.

  3. Music therapy: Listening to calming and soothing music can help to reduce stress levels and promote relaxation. You can play classical music or instrumental music that is suitable for pregnancy.

  4. Reading spiritual texts: Reading spiritual texts and reciting mantras can help to promote positive thoughts and emotions. You can read spiritual texts or listen to chants that are meaningful to you.

  5. Positive visualization: Visualization techniques can help to promote positive thoughts and emotions. You can visualize a safe and healthy delivery and imagine your baby growing and developing in a healthy and happy environment.

  6. Healthy diet: Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is important for the health and well-being of both the mother and the fetus. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein in your diet.

It is important to note that Garbhasanskar practices should be done under the guidance of a qualified practitioner or healthcare provider. Always consult with your doctor before starting any new practices during pregnancy.

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