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Don’t Have Sex And Don’t Eat Meat: Ayush Ministry’s Suggestions To Pregnant Women

Ayush Ministry's Suggestions To Pregnant Women

June 14th, 2017   |   Updated on March 2nd, 2024

Pregnant women should stop eating meat and having sex, avoid bad company, have spiritual thoughts and hang some good and beautiful pictures in their rooms to have a healthy baby. This is the Ayush ministry’s prescription for pregnant women in India.

The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, or Ayush Ministry, gave these “valuable” recommendations as part of a booklet — Mother and Child Care — compiled by the government-funded Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) in the run-up to International Day for Yoga on June 21. The booklet was released by Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik.

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Medical practitioners have pointed out that the recommendations are unscientific. However, ministry authorities clarified that these were just suggestions and not prescription.

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In the light of the Ayush ministry’s prescription for pregnant women in India, let’s explore what medical practitioners across the world advice to the pregnant lady.

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Medical practitioners across the world agree that a pregnant woman needs more calcium, iron, protein and folic acid than a woman who is not expecting. And non-vegetarian food (let’s take the name, meat/fish/eggs) are a rich source of both protein and iron.

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What a woman eats and drinks during pregnancy is her baby’s main source of nourishment. So, experts recommend that a mother-to-be choose a variety of healthy foods and beverages to provide the important nutrients a baby needs for growth and development.

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sex during pregnancy is extremely safe for most women with uncomplicated, low-risk pregnancies,” says Dayna Salasche, MD, an associate professor of obstetrics/gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an obstetrician at Northwestern Specialists for Women, both in Chicago. “Some people feel like they enjoy sex during pregnancy more and others enjoy it less,” she tells WebMD.


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