No sex, avoid meat, be spiritual: AYUSH ministry's advice to pregnant women

The booklet recommends hanging good and lovely pictures on bedroom walls will also have positive impact on foetus.

These advices from the ministry came to light after a booklet was released by Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik during the National Health Editors' Conference on Yoga on June 9 in the run-up to the International Yoga Day.

After the Ayush ministry released a booklet that said pregnant women should control "lust", hang "beautiful" pictures on the wall and shun non-vegetarian food to deliver a healthy baby, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) on Wednesday said that instead of discussing the best possible nourishment, the government is promoting this "obscurantism and nonsense" unscientific drivel.

The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani and Homeopathy (Ayush) has some suggestions for pregnant women.

On Connect with NewsX, Akshay Tandon discusses if we need such advisory.

Regarding consumption of non-veg food, she said fish and chicken are good for health while (red) meat increases cholesterol levels.

As far as sex is concerned caution is advised during the first trimester.

According to Hindustan Times, Dr Ishwara N Acharya, director in-charge of CCRYN, also claimed that the booklet does not say that "sex must be avoided".

The booklet contains general guidelines for pregnant women, which are based on the principles and concepts of Yoga and Naturopathy.

The booklet has a list of items that it believes pregnant women should steer clear of.

A report in the Indian Express quotes a clarification by the Ministry which says: "This publication has been in distribution through the units of the erstwhile Department of AYUSH and CCRYN since 2013".

It said: "The said booklet puts together relevant and useful information culled out from many years of clinical practice in the fields of yoga and naturopathy".

  • Joanne Flowers