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Hello i am 7 month pregnant and i want to fast during ramadan ..i want to know your opinion about it and how to stay healthy ?
Jun 27, 2014

Dr. Rania Mousa General Medicine
There's no clear answer.We can't be sure that fasting is safe for you and your baby.
However, fasting in pregnancy appears to be safer for you and your baby if you feel strong and well enough, and if your pregnancy is going well.
If you don't feel well enough to fast, or are worried about your health or your baby's wellbeing, Islamic law gives you clear permission not to fast. Talk to your doctor and get a general health check before deciding to fast the doctor can check your health and for any possible complications that fasting makes you more prone to, such as diabetes (gestational diabetes) and anaemia. You may need to have more frequent check-ups during your fast to monitor your blood sugar levels. Fasting is not considered to be safe if you have diabetes and are pregnant.
If your weight and lifestyle are generally healthy you are likely to cope better with fasting. Your baby needs nutrients from you, and if your body has enough energy stores, fasting is likely to have less of an impact.
How your body deals with fasting will also depend on:
-your general health before you became pregnant
-your stage of pregnancy
-the length of time you fast during the day
Fasting in the summer months is likely to be harder work for you than it would be in the winter due to the longer days and higher temperatures.
If your body and your pregnancy is healthy and good and you wish to fast then remember that you must eat and drink the required food eaten during 24/hours in other days in the hours permitted in Ramadan and rest more ,and that can be achieved through these tips:
-Keep calm and avoid stressful situations.
-Take things easy, and accept help when it is offered. Even if your family and friends stay up late, you may need to mark this Ramadan with more quiet, restful time.
-Keep cool, as you may become dehydrated quickly, which isn't good for you or your baby.
-Plan your days so you can take regular rests.
-Try not to walk long distances or carry anything heavy.
-Cut down on housework and anything that tires you out.
-Choose a variety of healthy foods and have plenty to drink at Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (meal taken at dusk). Have a healthy bedtime snack too, and set your alarm clock if you need to, so you don't miss your pre-dawn meal.
-Choose foods that release energy slowly. Complex carbohydrates, such as wholegrains and seeds, and high-fibre foods, such as pulses, vegetables and dried fruits, will help to keep you going. This will also help to prevent constipation.
-Avoid having lots of sugary foods that will raise your blood sugar levels quickly. Your blood sugar may then drop quickly, which may make you feel faint and dizzy.
-Rather than high-fat, refined foods, choose healthier options such as potatoes or chickpeas.
-Make sure you get plenty of protein from beans, nuts and well-cooked meat and eggs. This will help your baby to grow well.
-Try to drink about 1.5 litres to 2 litres of water or other fluids between dusk and dawn, and avoid caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee. Caffeine makes you lose more water when you wee, so you may be more likely to become dehydrated, especially if the weather is hot.
- so you can make your day night and your night day .
Contact your doctor as soon as possible if:
-You're not putting on enough weight, or are losing weight.
-You become very thirsty, are weeing less frequently, or if your wee becomes dark-coloured and strong-smelling. This is a sign of dehydration, and it can make you more prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs) or other complications.
-You develop a headache or other pains, or a fever.
-You become nauseous or start vomiting.
You should contact your doctor straight away if:
-There is a noticeable change in your baby’s movements, such as if your baby is not moving around or kicking as much.
-You notice contraction-like pains. This could be a sign of premature labour.
-You feel dizzy, faint, weak, confused or tired, even after you have had a good rest. Break your fast immediately and drink water containing salt and sugar, or an oral rehydration solution and contact the doctor.