The Mother Baby Program
Pregnancy is a very special and important time—a time for a mother to focus on her well-being and the well-being of the child inside her. Maharishi Ayurveda has specific recommendations for creating balance and bliss in the mind and body of expecting mothers as well programs to nourish and replenish mothers after pregnancy.
Techniques to Bring Balance to the Mother and Unborn Child
According to Maharishi Ayurveda, during pregnancy everything a mother tastes, sees, touches, hears, and smells affects the baby. The ideal is that a mother should be happy, harmonious, and peaceful during pregnancy and everything around her should be life-supporting and nourishing. The ayurvedic tradition says "Let her hear good news, let her hear harmonious music, let her eat sweet foods, let her attend celebrations to keep her uplifted and nourished."
The Transcendental Meditation® technique is a profound way for pregnant mothers to reduce stress, experience deep rest, and bring balance to their whole physiology so that the baby spontaneously grows in a happy and healthy way.
Ayurvedic Oil Massage
Ayurvedic oil massage (abhyanga) is recommended for mothers. Mothers who do this every morning find that they feel more evenness, more energy and happiness throughout the day.
The Vedic texts recommend Sattvic foods, which means pure, easily digested foods that are deeply nourishing for the mother and the unborn child. Sattvic foods create a more settled state of mind, help a mother enjoy good health and vitality, and also help with the growth of the baby.
Taking Care of the Child Inside
Maharishi Ayurveda considers that every newborn child is divine and precious. During pregnancy a mother has the opportunity to contribute maximum to her child's capacity for perfection, happiness, and success in life.
The connection between mother and baby is very strong. A mother's diet, mood, and emotions greatly affect the baby. If a mother is happy and healthy, then the baby will be happy and healthy and will have the best possible start in life.
Maharishi Ayurveda and the Postpartum Mother
Even the healthiest mothers can experience enormous postpartum fatigue and stress. A first-time mother especially faces the transition into motherhood with all of its tremendous responsibilities and joys just when she feels most exhausted and depleted. Maharishi Ayurveda focuses on revitalizing the mother through diet, rejuvenation techniques, and rest.
A principle of Maharishi Ayurveda is that if you help a mother rejuvenate—if you "mother the mother"—then she can care for her newborn with joy and ease instead of feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Many mothers who follow the simple procedures of Maharishi Ayurveda say that they feel even better than before they were pregnant.
Recommendations for Postpartum
A mother and her baby need lots of rest and a quiet, protected environment during the first few weeks after the birth. A daily ayurvedic oil massage (abhyanga) is a powerful way to relax and rejuvenate the mother and soothe and nurture the baby. Foods should be easily digestible, yet very nourishing.
Pregnant women and new mothers are encouraged to have personal consultations with Maharishi Ayurveda experts to get advice specifically for their own, and their child's physiology.
We are currently training women in the Mother Baby Program to guide and assist mothers in pregnancy and postpartum.