No meat for moms-to-be, advises govt


NEWDELHI: Don’t eat meat, say no to sex after conception, avoid bad company, have spiritual thoughts and hang some good and beautiful pictures in your room to have a healthy baby.

This is ministry of Ayush’s prescription for pregnant women in India, where 26 million babies are born each year.

The recommendations are part of a booklet called Mother and Child Care, compiled by the government-funded Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) under the Ayush ministry, formed in 2014 to promote Indian traditional healing practices.

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Last month, the Jamnagarbased Garbh Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra — allegedly linked to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) — said couples can conceive the “best progeny” through purification, having sex on auspicious days and abstinence after conception.

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Union minister Shripad Naik, who released the booklet ahead of International Day for Yoga on June 21, said it was published three years ago and is a compilation of yoga practices that are believed to help pregnant women.


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