Pregnant women are smoking and drinking excessively and their genitals are exposed, according to a new study.
The study of 5,737 pregnant women in Uttar Pradesh found that most were smoking, drinking and bingeing.
A third were using drugs and some were taking laxatives.
Women who had smoked were more likely to smoke and drink, while those who drank and used laxatives were less likely to do so, according the study by the Indian Council for Research on Women (ICRW).
The ICRW has been monitoring pregnant women for the past eight years.
It has identified some women who have high-risk pregnancies.
The Indian Medical Association has urged women to avoid the use of laxatives during pregnancy, which has been linked to low birth weight and poor birth outcomes.
Dr A.N. Nair, head of the maternal and newborn medicine branch at the ICRW, said the study was important because it suggested that women should not be expected to stick to a strict diet during pregnancy.
Dr Nair said: “The diet has to be changed as much as the lifestyle and the habits and that is a very important step.
There is a lot of research on this and a lot more is being done to understand how the diet affects the fetus.”
There is no harm in changing the diet, but it is not the only thing you need to consider.
People with diabetes should not drink sugar water and they should not smoke.
“The best way is to make sure the diet is balanced and the people with diabetes are taking care of themselves.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he will not support a ban on soft drinks during pregnancy and has said women should drink water only once a week and not while pregnant.