Is Fasting Safe During Pregnancy?
According to many religious beliefs, pregnant women are exempt from fasting. Her health and her baby's health would be at risk due to the lower intake of nutrients and water. However, if you decide to fast then you should take into consideration the following:
- You should feel strong and well enough to fast
- You do not show any pregnancy problems since the beginning
- You should assess the stage of your pregnancy
- The time of the year for fasting
How should I prepare for fasting?Before you decide to fast, consult your doctor and prepare your body to cope with fasting:
- Schedule a regular checkup, before and after fasting. Fasting may develop diabetes during pregnancy and anemia
- Keep a record of fluid intake. Fasting may cause dehydration which is harmful for your baby especially if fasting happens during the summer season
- If you are working, discuss with your employer to have more resting time or fewer working hours during fasting period
- Make sure that you are eating healthy and balanced diet that covers all nutrients when you break your fast. Drink lots of water and avoid sugary foods
- Try not to exercise a lot during fasting and cut down your walks
- Keep cool since you can be dehydrated easily
- Keep calm and eliminate any stressful situation
What are the signs to be aware of to stop fasting?
If you feel one of the following signs, contact your doctor immediately:
- There is a change in your baby’s movement. The baby is moving less than normally
- Pain and premature contractions
- You feel dizzy, tired and weak
- You are losing weight
- You develop headache, fever, nausea and vomiting
Before fasting, ask your doctor for general health tips. Try to fast for couple of days, see how you feel, and then decide if you want to continue.
Only YOU can judge if your body can cope with fasting. Talk to other family members who tried fasting during their pregnancy. Their suggestions might help you.