Indian ministry denies advising pregnant women to avoid sexuality

( CNN) The Indian government has pushed back against what it calls “inaccurate” media reports that focused on its recent advice to expectant mothers, denying that it recommended pregnant women abstain from sex.

The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, or AYUSH, released a statement to elucidate the controversial advice it issued to pregnant women last week.

A booklet titled “Mother and Child Care” was put together by India’s Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, a body that falls under AYUSH. It offered a range of advice that included avoiding foods such as tea, coffee, oily foods and white flour, as well as avoiding non-vegetables — entailing meat.