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Article: CONCEPT OF MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH IN AYURVEDA: A REVIEW
Article Category: Review articles
Author: Sonali Jugran *, Pravesh Tomar
Abstract: Optimal mental health is essential along with physical wellbeing of an individual. Mental state of female can affect her ability to conceive as well as the outcome of pregnancy. Hormonal and physical changes during pregnancy can affect the mental state of the mother. It can induce depression, anxiety, stress or any other mental condition which can lead to pre term delivery or growth restriction of foetus. Altered mental state can supress lactation after delivery and can cause avoidance of child by the mother. Ayurveda, being the holistic method of treatment, promote ways to improve physical, mental, emotional as well as spiritual aspects of health. Saumanasyamgarbhadharanam as stated by Acharya Charaka, emphasize the importance of mental health in conception. It is stated in texts that conception is to be avoided in women who are frightened, angry or sorrow stricken. During pregnancy, mother should remain in high spirit from starting. She should perform religious activities, donations and chant mantras. She should be surrounded by encouraging companions. All these activities will pacify her mind.
Keyword: Mental Health, Maternal, Saumanasyamgarbhadharanam