The guidelines also said pregnant women “should prepare undergarments, socks, shirts, handkerchiefs and outers in the drawer for the husband and children to wear for 3 to 7 days while you’re at the hospital,” and advised buying a hairband “so that you don’t look disheveled, as you won’t able to wash your hair for a while.”
While some parts of the guidelines remain online, the points that came in for criticism were recently deleted. However, screenshots of the original version continue to circulate on social media.
The advice also suggested women lose weight by performing household chores such as washing dishes and cleaning.
“Extending your hand forward when wiping the floor will help with stretching the back, shoulder and arm muscles,” read the guidelines.
“Hang out clothes that you wore before getting married or small-sized clothes that you’d like to wear after giving birth and look at them when you want to eat more than necessary or want to skip workout,” they continued.
Shocked South Koreans started a petition asking that the official responsible for the post be punished and make a public apology.
Others expressed their outrage on Twitter.
Seoul city government did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.