Pregnant or Breastfeeding during Ramadan? Somethings you need to know...
- 02 May 2019
Although pregnant or breastfeeding ladies are exempt from fasting under Islamic law during the Holy Month, some will choose to fast. The most crucial thing to remember is not to make any decision without first consulting your doctor with his/her full knowledge of your general health and any issues you’ve experienced during your pregnancy. If your doctor thinks it’s safe for you to fast, your delicate state demands you take extra precautions because your baby’s development relies on you to be healthy and strong! Here are a few things to keep in mind.
First, consult your Obstetrician / Doctor
Seek the insight and advice of your medical professional, only they will be able to judge whether it is safe for you to fast or if you should avoid it altogether. (I know, I keep repeating this, but it really cannot be stated enough!) In cases of high-risk pregnancies, fasting isn’t advised. Also, for those in their first trimester and / or suffering from morning sickness, many doctors will strongly advise against fasting.
If your doctor decides it’s safe for you to fast…
Really, really focus on hydration
Of course, you always hydrate after sunset, but this year do so even more! Drink as much water as possible after sunset and before sunrise so you have the best chance of staying hydrated throughout the entire day. This will help you feel and function better.
Eat only the most nutritious food
You may be tempted to indulge a little at Iftar but try to stack up on super high-quality complex carbohydrates, proteins, and high-fiber foods. These will help keep you feeling fuller for longer, give you the nutrients you and your baby need, and ward off the chance of constipation.
Rest as much as you can
You need to be extra conscious of your condition and carrying or caring for a baby is not for the faint hearted! So, make sure you get as much downtime as possible – especially during the midday hours. Don’t get involved in anything that requires too much activity. It can be difficult, but really try to relax!
Monitor any changes carefully
If at any time during Ramadan you feel dizzy, nauseous, weak, or excessively thirsty, or develop headache, cramps, or any other physical changes, consult your doctor immediately. If you find you are losing weight or your baby isn’t moving around as much, contact your doctor. Don’t take any chances… this also applies if you are or your urine is a deep shade as this is a sign of significant dehydration.