Conduct and Food in Pregnancy

Conduct and Food in Pregnancy

After bath they both should satisfactorily drink milk in which ginger, saffron; myrrh or asavgndha, cardamom, and salam misri are mixed by boiling and cooled for the occasion, and then go to sleep on separate beds. This method should be followed whenever conception is desirable. When the non-recurrence of the menses after a month indicates the existence of pregnancy, the man and wife should thenceforward refrain from sexual indulgence for the period of a year; for, it gives a better child, and the next child will also be as good as the first. The neglect of this advice wastes energy and tends to lesson the terms of their life, giving rise to many kinds of dieases to both. But they should live in perfect love in their talk and affairs, should always breathe the spirit of mutual concord and abiding friendship. The man should keep his semen from running to waste, and the woman should protect the foetus from any kind of injury. Their diet and dress should be unstimulating and unexciting so that the man may not lose his manhood in nocturnal omissions and the woman’s period of gestation may be favourable to the body of the unborn child, attaining excellent constitution, beauty, health, vigour and valour, and may result in safe delivery at the end of 10 months from conception. Special  care should be taken of the foetus from the 4th month of pregnancy , and still further care is required from the 8th month.

A pregnant woman should in no case use such things in her dietary as are purgative , unoleaginous, intoxicative, injurious to the soundness of the intellect and vigour of the body. On the contrary she should take food and drink made of clarified butter, milk, nice rice, wheat, fruit, legume, pulse, pease, and other frainaceous edibles. Rational precautions should be taken against disagreeable local and climatic circumstances.

– (LIGHT OF TRUTH page 91)

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