Effects of Ayurvedic Medicines in Pregnancy

August 1, 2015

One thing that all disciplines of medicine agree on is that pregnant women should take as few medicines as possible – whatever the stream of medicine. This, of course is not so for nutritional supplements as well as medication that is vital for the health and well-being of the mother-to-be and her growing baby.

Women definitely need a lot of nutritional supplements during pregnancy. This includes essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, etc. Very often, the normal diet does not include enough of these nutritional requirements. These nutritional supplements can be taken in the form of allopathic medicines, if one chooses. However, Ayurveda provides a very good alternative for pregnant women whether just for nutritional supplements or for even some specific treatment. From an iron tonic during pregnancy to herbal medicines that modulate the immune-system and have anti-microbial action, Ayurveda offers a safe alternative during pregnancy. So, if one has some history of gynaecological issues, it would be wise to consult one’s doctor and consider some form of safe treatment during pregnancy. This can often be done alongside Allopathic treatments.

Beyond mere nutritional tonics, Ayurveda offers many herbal medicines to pregnant women because the effects of most medicines are generally quite safe. All medication – herbal or otherwise, must however be taken under the supervision of a trained doctor. Certain medications might not be allowed during pregnancy and certain may also have contraindications with some other forms of medicines one might be taking. It is therefore important to always take medication under the supervision of doctors, and never self-medicate.

Another very important factor is buying medicines from a reputed Ayurvedic medicine manufacturer. This is important to ensure that one is not ingesting ingredients that are unsafe for the health of the mother-to-be and her foetus.

Ayurvedic medicines are also available for prevention of Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) and Intra-uterine Growth Retardation (IUGR), for threatened abortions, prevention of oligohydramnios (Deficiency of amniotic fluid), etc. All these must be taken in consultation with one’s Gynaecologist.

Ayurveda also offers medicines for gynaecological conditions outside of pregnancy. This includes recurrent miscarriage treatment, T.O.R.C.H. infections, and many more conditions. Ayurvedic herbal medicines are also available for inducing good lactation.

Besides nutritional supplements during pregnancy and herbal treatments for people who really need them, Ayurvedic medicine is about so much more – which is truly of great benefit to pregnant women. Ayurveda proposes that pregnant women eat as much natural food as possible, and avoid oily and heavy food. It is advised that women consume more protein, including milk, so lactation happens effortlessly after delivery. All this is proven to be beneficial to women during pregnancy.

Like all systems of medicine, Ayurveda also propounds that pregnant women should try to keep stress at the minimum, take regular massages, wear loose clothes and not over-exert.

So, as long as one is taking medication under strict scrutiny of one’s OBGYN as well as a trained Ayurvedic practitioner, Ayurvedic medicine is safe and can be extremely beneficial when indicated.