Modi ministry’s advice to pregnant women: Avoid meat, say no to sex and have only pure thoughts

Other weird suggestions include hanging good and beautiful pictures in the bedroom and abstaining from attachment, and hatred.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 13, 2017 4:17 pm
Pregnancy, Pregnancy tips Pregnant women need to be happy and instead of being prescriptive about what they should think and do to be happy. (Source: Thinkstock images)

In the run-up to International Day for Yoga on June 21, India’s minister of state for Ayush, Shripad Naik released a booklet called Mother and Child Care. In a country where 26 million babies are born each year, the ministry’s prescription to pregnant women as mentioned in the handout is to avoid meat, say no to sex after conception and have only spiritual thoughts to have a healthy child.

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

According to a Hindustan Times report, senior gynaecologist and obstetrician with the Apollo Healthcare Group, Dr Malavika Sabharwal contradicted the advice saying, “The advice is unscientific. Protein-deficiency malnutrition and anaemia are health concerns for pregnant women and meats are a great source of both protein and iron, which is better absorbed from animal sources than plant sources.”

“Pregnant women need to be happy and instead of being prescriptive about what they should think and do to be happy, we must urge them to do things they enjoy and strongly advise the family be to supportive,” she added.

As far as sex is concerned caution is advised during the first trimester. However, if the pregnancy is normal, there is no need for abstinence.

This is not the first time weird suggestions have been made. Last month, Garbhvigyan Anusandhan Kendra, a Jamnagar-based antenatal care centre came into the limelight for advising couples to conceive a child by having sex on auspicious days and abstinence after conception.

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    Kaushik Mukherjee
    Jun 14, 2017 at 9:01 pm
    Modi must be sent to MENTAL ASYLUM(NIMHANS may be) immediately and should be given electric shock on a regular basis
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      Lovely
      Jun 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm
      It is old age custom through out the world to give advisories. In good old days same health advisories were given by elders and midwives. One should always avoid hot foods( certain kinds of non veg) but should take protien rich diets like dals, green veg and nutritious foods. Mind should be cool and pleasant music should be pla , any soft music. Pregnant women should be peaceful and pleasant. It is better to avoid as it may damage foetus if limit is crossed. There is nothing new. These are normal tips.
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        Dipayan Bird Of Hermes Dey
        Jun 14, 2017 at 10:50 am
        And I thought we reached height of stupidity.
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          Sunder
          Jun 14, 2017 at 8:00 am
          What is Modi Govt's advise to husbands whose wives are pregnant, and who scrupulously follow Modi Govt's advise to pregnant women to abjure for NINE months......What should the desperate husband do ?
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            Antony
            Jun 14, 2017 at 2:27 am
            Please leave your Christian Bible at home. It’s horrific and violent stories against innocent infants and unborn children have no place in a discussion on morality and the value of human life. Bible is evil.
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              Tom
              Jun 14, 2017 at 9:21 am
              Don't put 2 2 5 and comment. If you are so interested in the Bible, pls read the new testament, that'll show you how to live.
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              Antony
              Jun 14, 2017 at 2:15 am
              Christian BIblical verses on Pregnancy. Bible’s stance on killing babies in the womb: God will punish women by aborting their fetus through a miscarriage. “Give them, O LORD–what will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry .” (Hosea 9:14) God teaches the use of a bizarre ritual using cursed “bitter water” to abort a fetus who was conceived through infidelity. (Numbers 5:11-21) God orders Moses to kill every Midianite woman who was no longer a virgin. (many of these women would obviously have been pregnant) (Numbers 31:15-18)
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                Jeslin Patricya
                Jun 14, 2017 at 10:21 am
                Nowhere in the Bible abortion is mentioned...first learn the meaning of it, then type.
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                Myrake
                Jun 14, 2017 at 2:10 am
                (....the booklet’s other weird suggestions include hanging good and beautiful pictures in the bedroom and abstaining from attachment, and hatred.) That says all about the Nehruvian Pandit! I did not read anything after this!
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                  Antony
                  Jun 14, 2017 at 2:24 am
                  This is what the Christian pope and other child molesters Christian church padre says. Christian God repays your enemies by destroying their babies. Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us. He who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks. (Psalms 137:8-9)
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                    Jeslin Patricya
                    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:18 am
                    The killing of children is especially condemned by God through the prophets. In the land God gave his people to occupy, foreign nations had the custom of sacrificing some of their children in fire. God told His people that they were not to share in this sin. They did, however, as Psalm 106 relates: "They mingled with the nations and learned their works…They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons, and they shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, desecrating the land with bloodshed" (Psalm 106:35, 37-38). This sin of child-sacrifice, in fact, is mentioned as one of the major reasons that the Kingdom of Israel was destro by the Assyrians and the people taken into exile. "They mutilated their sons and daughters by fire…till the Lord, in his great anger against Israel, put them away out of his sight" (2 Kings 17:17-18). Notice that this practice was a religious ritual. Not even for "religious freedom"
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                  Sujatha Selvam
                  Jun 14, 2017 at 1:18 am
                  This is too much, really too much. Who the H E L L are you to advise the women to not to have s e x during pregnancy. Next time, are you going to tell us how many times married couples should have s e x in a month or week? Please stop these nonsense. The world is laughing at you.
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                    Antony
                    Jun 14, 2017 at 2:16 am
                    Shouldn't the world laugh at Bible and it's tupid vi0lent verses around pregnancy? Christian BIblical verses on Pregnancy. Bible’s stance on killing babies in the womb: God will punish women by aborting their fetus through a miscarriage. “Give them, O LORD–what will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry .” (Hosea 9:14) God teaches the use of a bizarre ritual using cursed “bitter water” to abort a fetus who was conceived through infidelity. (Numbers 5:11-21) God orders Moses to kill every Midianite woman who was no longer a virgin. (many of these women would obviously have been pregnant) (Numbers 31:15-18)
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                      Jeslin Patricya
                      Jun 14, 2017 at 10:20 am
                      Sixth Commandment: You shall not murder.
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