Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) was formed to promote traditional Indian medicines. But it seems like instead of promoting scientific information, the ministry is into spreading unsubstantiated information.
The Department of Ayush Ministry, wants pregnant women to stop eating meat and having sex, and asks them to nurture spiritual thoughts and hang beautiful pictures in their rooms to have a healthy baby, reported Hindustan Times.
In a country like India, where 26 million children are born each year, this is the government’s advice to pregnant women. The Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, a government-funded organisation, launched a booklet Called “Mother and Child Care”. These recommendations were provided in that booklet.
Other recommendations include
- Stay away from desire, anger, attachment, hatred and lust.
- Avoid bad company.
- Be with good people in stable and peaceful conditions only.
- Hang some good and beautiful pictures in the bedroom, which will affect the child also.
- Self study, have spiritual thoughts.
- Read the life stories of great personalities.
- Keep calm.
Medical practitioners have pointed out that the recommendations are 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, As for sex, 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.”
During pregnancy, women should not be advised with such ideas rather they should be provided with a healthy environment. Their needs should be taken care of and they should be happy, experts recommend.