Is Fasting Safe During Pregnancy?

According to the 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 several notes should be taken into consideration:

- You should feel strong and well enough to fast.

- No pregnancy problems appeared since the first month of pregnancy.

- Your stage of 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 fast period.

- When you break your fast, make sure that you are eating healthy and balanced diet that covers all nutrients. 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 warning signs 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.