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Ayush Ministry for Pregnant Women - No Meat, No Sex

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 17 Aug 2018 - Written by Dr. Sunil Eshwar - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

Ayush Ministry has specified that sex during pregnancy effects well being of the growth of the baby in the pregnant women. This has made many couples think that whether sex during pregnancy bad or good. Medical experts and nutritionists do not agree completely with this suggestion for pregnant women.

If we look into the figures, India is the topmost country with highest rates of maternal mortality, which is often caused by malnutrition, and lack of protein and calcium in pregnant women. UNICEF India’s report says the figures to be 174 out of every 1,00,000 maternal deaths due to malnutrition. Ignoring such situation/s, Indian Government has released an official booklet “Mother and Child Care” released recently by the Ayush Ministry of Indian Government.

The report  “Mother and Child Care” attempts to control “impure thoughts” among expectant mother and believes in no sex during pregnancy as a measure.

Pregnant women in India, Mother and childcare

According to the report, sex leads to desire, attachment, lust and other unwelcoming culture in the mother and the baby. So these kind of thoughts should be prohibited. Also, the report advises the pregnant mothers to look at the beautiful baby pictures so that it can impact positively in the baby.

The report is an effort to promote vegetarianism and no meat policy by the Hindu-nationalist government led by Narendra Modi and Ayush Ministry who have recently banned eating beef along with limitations to cow transport for slaughter etc. The country was not overcoming from this chaos on beef rage when the report on pregnant women in India and regulation on her sexual and eating behaviour is released. This report advises pregnant women to keep away from meat and eggs, as they are believed to be against the culture and promotes hatred.

Pregnant women in India, Mother and childcare

Pregnant women to-do-list as per the Report- ‘Mother and Child Care’

  • To say no to Meat and Sex during pregnancy as they can corrupt souls of both mother and the baby.
  • To avoid impure thoughts such as desire, attachment, lust and hatred.
  • To engross completely in spiritual and godly thoughts.
  • To keep company of good people in a peaceful surrounding.
  • To read life stories of great personalities.
  • To decorate the walls and surroundings with beautiful baby pictures for boosting motherhood values.

However, the report has been criticized from all the corners including various Doctors and Medical Professionals and research groups on health and nutrition. It is criticized that the report has unscientific base with irrational advice, which is inducing pregnant women to eat even poorly.

Hope this article has been able to throw lights onrecentreport of Ayush Ministry on pregnant women in India. Follow Ela Woman blog to get regular updates on fertility health and treatment.

Dr. Sunil Eshwar

Written by

Infertility Specialist, IVF Specialist
Bangalore

Dr. Sunil Eshwar is an Infertility specialist who is presently specializing in laparoscopic surgery, high-risk pregnancies and infertility treatments such as IVF and IUI. Dr. Sunil Eshwar completed his MBBS from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute in 2000 and MD from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in 2004. Later, he completed DNB from National Board of Examination in 2006. Dr. Sunil Eshwar is currently practicing at Apollo Fertility, Brookfield, Bangalore. For more information about Dr. Sunil Eshwar, visit elawoman.com

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1.  It is safe to have sex during pregnancy? - know about sex during pregnancy  sex during pregnancy, Elawoman - 2017
2.  Fertility foods for getting pregnant - how to get pregnant fast  pregnant, Elawoman - 2017
3.  Nutrition intake for pregnant women in terms of calories  pregnant women, Elawoman - 2017
4.  7 natural tips for boosting fertility in women to conceive fast  fertility health, Elawoman - 2017

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Ankita Rajeshwari

Sex should be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy as the chances of miscarriage are high. Second and third trimesters are safe to have sex with a suitable position.

Oct. 11, 2018, 5:34 p.m. 5.0

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Ashwini Prabhakar

Pregnant women suffer from constipation during their pregnancy. Meat is not digestible easily which too results in constipation and indigestion. So having meat during pregnancy can degrade your health condition.

Oct. 10, 2018, 3:59 p.m. 4.5

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Sapna Rawal

During pregnancy, pregnant women need lots of protein and fibrous food. Not eating meat doesn't harm a lot but instead, she should be focusing on having lots of vitamins.

Feb. 8, 2018, 1:08 p.m. 4.5

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Damandeep Singh

Interesting report indeed! I have started following the tips mentioned in the article for improving the health of mine and my baby and ensuring a pain free and peaceful delivery. I have benefited a lot with this blog.

Oct. 31, 2017, 1:11 p.m. 5.0

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Shrabani Saha

Pregnant women in India have got several rights. Some of them are attention seeking as in some of the districts in India. Pregnant women are entitled to get Rs. 6000 cash for their regular checkups and vaccination of their babies. Isn't it really great!!!

Oct. 31, 2017, 12:24 p.m. 4.5

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