Union Minister Shripad Naik-led Ayush ministry has some unique tips for pregnant women to ensure they give birth to a healthy child. Among the suggestions are to avoid meat and even lust after conception and have spiritual thoughts all the time. The suggestions have been made in a booklet released by the ministry. The book, titled ‘Mother and Child Care’, has also suggested that women hang good and beautiful pictures in the bedroom and abstain from attachment and hatred, reports Indian Express Online. “Avoid tea, coffee, sugar, white flour products, garam masala, fried and oily items, egg and non-veg etc,” PTI quoted the book as saying. However, suggestions made in the book are far from reality, as per a Hindustan Times report. It quotes a senior gynecologist, and obstetrician with the Apollo Healthcare Group, Dr Malavika Sabharwal who has contradicted the suggestions. Sabharwal said that the book is unscientific. She added that protein deficiency malnutrition and anemia are health concerns for pregnant women and meat serves as a great source of both protein and iron. She further added that a woman should be allowed and encouraged to do things.
However, in his reaction, Dr I Acharya, Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy said, “Non-veg should be avoided during pregnancy. Never wrote sex must be avoided.” He added, “This was just a suggestion or an advisory, it’s not a prescription.” A tract quoted from the booklet issued by the government-funded Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, as quoted by PTI, says, “Pregnant women should detach themselves from desire, anger, attachment, hatred and lust.
Avoid bad company and be with good people.” Later, speaking to PTI, Minister Naik also refuted the reports and said that the book does not contain any advice on abstaining from sex. “The booklet puts together relevant facts culled out from clinical practice in the fields of yoga and naturopathy. It also contains wisdom accumulated over many centuries of yogic practice,” Naik said.