What is Garbha sanskar?
The Sanskrit word Garbha means foetus in the womb and Sanskar means educating the mind. So, Garbha sanskar essentially means educating the mind of the foetus. Traditionally, in our culture, it is believed that value-based parenting begins when the child is conceived rather than after the child is born. That is why well-meaning elders in the family talk about the importance of positive thoughts and emotions during pregnancy.
In fact, our ancient scriptures talk about a warrior named Abhimanyu learning the art of penetrating a battle formation, while still in the womb, by listening to his father Arjuna speak about it to his mother.
Is there scientific evidence to prove Garbha sanskar is beneficial?
Lately Garbha sanskar has grown more popular due to scientific evidence that proves its importance and relevance in the development of a child. Research has proven that more than 60 percent of the baby’s brain development occurs in theintrauterine period. Additionally, studies have shown that an unborn baby has the ability to listen and respond to outside stimulus. As such, doctors and experts believe that hormonal secretions triggered by your thoughts can significantly affect your baby.
Communicating with your unborn baby :
While it may sound strange and unreal, bonding with your baby does not have to wait until birth. As previously mentioned, research indicates that even in the womb, the baby “hears”, “listens” and “feels” his mother’s loving bond.
Communicating with your baby is an essential part of Garbha sanskar. Different techniques, such as positive thinking, visualising, music, meditation, gentle massage of the belly are used to establish this communication and it is used to shape your baby’s earliest impressions in a positive manner.
What are the benefits of Garbha sanskar?
Garbha sanskar not just bonds you with your baby, but is known to bring about positive thoughts, emotions in the mother as well. This promotes the physical well being of the mother as well.
How can I give Garbha sanskar?
There are many ways in which you can bond with your baby and educate him while he’s still in the womb.
- Think positive : Try to maintain a cheerful atmosphere around you. Bring positive things to your mind. Think about good times you’ve had, beautiful landscape or scenery, or anything that makes you smile.
- Read books: Try reading books and literature that will help keep you positive. Avoid reading books or news clippings that describe horrific events.
- Talk to your child: The dialogue that parents have with their unborn baby is called Garbha Sanwad. Many mums feel strange about speaking to the baby in the womb.
- Listen to music: Music can provide the much-needed soothing effect on you and your baby. It will help bring positive thoughts and calm your nerves when you’re feeling uneasy. From the seventh month, your baby can hear sounds and can respond to them. Music aids development in the womb, pre-natal brain stimulation and hearing at birth. Chanting of shlokas and the soft music of string instruments such as sitar, santoor, and violin can help you and baby relax.
- Practice yoga: Prenatal yoga will help promote the physical, spiritual and emotional health of both you and your baby. It will deepen your relationship with your baby while you progress through your pregnancy.
- Meditate: Apart from asanas and breathing techniques, meditation during pregnancy also helps you bond with your unborn baby. Many women find that visualising about their growing baby connects them better! Keep the image of your baby in mind. With every breath relax and think of your baby and how you are about to give him the gift of life. This will help strengthen the emotional bond between the two of you.
- Pray and think about your role models: Think about and look at pictures of people you look up to in life. It may be someone in the family or someone like philosopher Swami Vivekananda, freedom fighter Veer Savarkar, or maybe Guru Nanakji or Lord Krishna. Even looking frequently at pictures such as that of a happy baby will help transfer positive vibes to your baby.
In order to ensure proper Garbha sanskar, mothers are advised to be careful about their lifestyle during pregnancy.
- Avoid watching horror films or violent scenes as these can have a negative effect on your baby’s developing mind.
- Limit the intake of spicy, preserved, or fermented food to ensure better physical, emotional and spiritual health for yourself and your baby.