No sex, meat, bad company: AYUSH ministry advice for pregnant women

Jane Richards
June 14, 2017

Speaking to ANI, Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, Ishwara Acharya, said, "This was just a suggestion or an advisory, it's not a prescription for pregnant women in India to not have sex, meat or be in bad company if you want to have healthy babies".

According to some media outlets, the booklet also advised pregnant women to "detach themselves from desire, anger, attachment, hatred and lust". No sex, meat or bad company. The booklet also advises pregnant women to eat a sattvic diet (deemed calming on the body and mind), read books about great people, and think spiritual thoughts.

"Also, protein intake should be higher during pregnancy".

While much of the advice seems to be inspired by "mom-talk" passed down generations, there is no scientific evidence that any of it has a bearing on the child.

Another doctor punched hole in the government's assertion on no sex, saying if the pregnancy is normal, there is no need for abstinence as the baby in the womb is protected by the amniotic fluid and the uterus muscles.

Reportedly compiled by the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, the booklet's other weird suggestions include hanging good and lovely pictures in the bedroom and abstaining from attachment and hatred.

The controversial observations, which clearly lack any discernible rationale, are part of recommendations contained in a booklet "Mother and Child Care" distributed ahead of Yoga Day on June 21.

"The booklet was published three years ago and it is a compilation of yoga practices that are believed to help pregnant staying away from tea, coffee, sugar, white flour products, garam masala, fried and oily items, egg and non-veg etc", said the AYUSH Minister Naik.

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