Does Garbh Sanskar really work?
The relationship between the pregnant woman and her unborn baby has fascinated researchers for decades.
70% to 80% of pregnant women experience either prolonged depression or a phase of baby-blues. It is important to note that a pregnant woman’s sleep patterns, ability to perform daily tasks and quality of life get affected by systemic variations caused by hormonal, emotional, mental, and physical factors.
Sleep deprivation leads to decrease in function of the immune system, hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal gland. Even as the pregnant woman copes with this state of exhaustion and distress, fears related to the upcoming childbirth, the waning joint-family support and urban stressors add to her anxieties.
Bowlby, in a study, found that if the pregnant woman does not connect with her unborn baby, there can be irreversible mental health consequences on the child.
The pregnant woman’s state of mind affects the development of the unborn baby’s cognitive and noncognitive skills: when she is calm and at peace, the baby reaps significant benefits. She experiences higher self-esteem and sense of personal control. The opposite leads to increased incidences of uterine growth retardation, preterm labor, prolonged labor, foetal heart rate decline, low birth weight, increased cesarean section, postnatal neurobehavioral problems, and developmental disorder.
A study based on the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children indicated that mother’s anxiety during pregnancy predicted persistently higher behavioral and emotional symptoms across childhood with no decrease of effect into adolescence. It was associated with a twofold increase in risk of a probable mental disorder in her child.
On the converse, a good maternal environment facilitates brain development. Garbh Sanskar practices promote maternal wellness in a very effective manner.
How rapidly is your unborn baby's brain developing?
In the 3rd week of pregnancy, rapidly multiplying cells form the ‘neural plate’. This structure eventually folds in on itself to become the neural tube, which later gives rise to the forebrain, midbrain, hindbrain, and spinal cord. As early as five weeks after conception, neurons — the information-processing cells that pass signals throughout the central nervous system — begin to form, divide, and multiply.
The 2nd trimester is hugely significant since 250,000 neurons are created every minute. The neurons begin to migrate to different regions of your developing baby’s brain, where they take on specific roles, such as interpreting sounds and storing memories, and form connections with other neurons - leading up to the sixth month of pregnancy. Meditation, communicating with baby and narrating good, virtuous stories has amazing benefits.
During this time of heightened baby brain development, the cerebral cortex — the area associated with the brain’s higher functions, such as language and abstract thought — grows more rapidly than the brain’s other structures. By the seventh month of your pregnancy, it houses 70 percent of the neurons in your baby’s brain.
By the eighth month, the auditory cortex, the visual cortex, and Broca’s area (a region of the brain associated with producing speech) begin to function, giving your developing baby a primitive ability to interpret sights and sounds and to distinguish language -- the beginnings of cognitive development.
You can aid every step of this phenomenal brain development by sending the right hormones to it and stimulation through communication.
Stress hormones activate the baby’s endocrine system by altering the distribution of blood flow. This changes the basic character of the child's physiology.
Such babies are likely to be hyperactive, born prematurely, have low birth-weight and are irritable.
On the contrary, when a mum-to-be is happy, peaceful, joyful and relaxed, her body secretes the happy chemicals called endorphins or enkephalins. They fill the baby with happiness leading to a long-term personality of serenity, calmness, and positive esteem.
We, at iMumz, base all our programs and interventions on these studies and dream of a world full of happy and healthy mums! And, intelligent and calm babies. Our week-by-week pregnancy updates, our diets and recipes, specific music and meditation are all based on the pillars of Garbh Sanskar.