The journey of motherhood is unique. Instead of leaving it on chance, Ayurveda advocates conscious conception. Being healthy and inviting healthy progeny- mind, body and soul.
Ayurveda honors and acknowledges the higher universal forces that are part of the conception process and bringing them into awareness is part of the journey. Conception in Ayurveda is spiritual as much as it is a physical process.
Pregnancy starts long before actual conception takes place. Cultivating a healthy and happy preconceptual period to ensure a healthy and happy progeny is of prime importance in Ayurveda.
According to ancient Ayurvedic text Sushrut Samhita, a simile of a plant growing from seed is given to explain human conception (Shareer, Chapter 2 verse 33). A plant grows from a seed when seed, fertile land, nourishment and favorable time, all come together to help it grow, nourish and nurture, the same way conception happens when four essential factors for conception- Ritu, Kshetra, Ambu and Beeja come together. They are –
Amalgamation of all these factors together, and having optimal qualities, results in a healthy conception and growth of a healthy fetus.
In this way, the Ayurvedic ideal goes far beyond just conception. The idea here is of achieving pregnancy with an ideal progeny. For that a ritual named Pumsavana Karma has been described in ancient Ayurvedic texts.
Pumsavana karma has been described in Ayurvedic tests to achieve –
After menstruation from the 4th day to 16th day period is called Ritukaal. A woman during this period is called Rutumati. This has been described as the ideal period for conception. There is a special lifestyle, food and diet habits described for achieving healthy conception called Ritumaticharya. Ayurveda recommends Ritumaticharya for women desiring conception. (Ch. Sha. 4/7)
Ritumaticharya for a healthy conception from Ancient texts of Ayurveda –
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