Mumbai doctors slam AYUSH for pregnancy guidelines

There is no data available to say consuming non-veg food is unsafe. In terms of not having non-vegetarian food during pregnancy, chicken and egg is considered to be a first class source of protein as it gets absorbed in body easily.

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A day after Union Ministry of AYUSH headed by Shripad Naik, suggested that pregnant women, should not eat non-veg, say no to sex after conception, allopathy practitioners have slammed the government’s advisory, saying that there is no scientific evidence for the same.

Dr Bipin Pandit, gynaecologist and managing trustee of Association of Medical Consultants (AMC) said, “Half of the world’s population is non-vegetarian eater. Has that affected pregnancy? As far as sex is concerned, we advise women not to have sex in first and third trimester for the safety of the pregnancy.” He said if the woman is fine, sex can be practiced in mid-trimester.

The suggestions are given in a booklet called ‘Mother and Child care’, compiled by Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) under the AYUSH Ministry.

Speaking with My Medical Mantra, Dr Kiran Coelho, gynaecologist, attached to Hinduja Healthcare, Khar said “There is absolutely no scientific substance to this. Thinking good thoughts and being in happy atmosphere is ok but having a vegetarian diet etc. is nonsense.

He further added, “We in fact advise our pregnant patients to have an egg a day as it is less on fat and high in protein. Having a non-vegetarian diet helps in providing the required amount of protein and nutrition that’s important for the brain growth of the baby.”

Dr Nikhil Datar, gynaecologist and founder President of Patient Safety Alliance, an NGO Whether to have intercourse during pregnancy is the most commonly asked questions. There is no data available to say it is unsafe. In terms of not having non-vegetarian food during pregnancy, chicken and egg is considered to be a first class source of protein as it gets absorbed in body easily. We ask our patients to avoid few fishes like shark, mackerel that has higher mercury content and to ensure that the red meat they consume is hygienic and well-cooked to avoid parasitic infection.