It may not be advisable for a pregnant woman to fast during Ramadan sometimes, especially at the beginning of the pregnancy period or for those who suffer from vomiting and lose a lot of fluids.
To find out the most important details about the fasting of a pregnant woman in Ramadan, continue reading the following article:
_ How does a pregnant woman prepare for fasting?
1. It is recommended that you drink more water the day before, i.e.
at iftar and the pre-dawn meal, to allow your body to store fluids.
2. Minimize your consumption of caffeine and theophylline, which are found in coffee and regular tea.
3. It is best to avoid sweetened or salty drinks.
4. Avoid fatty foods, to avoid heartburn and weight gain.
5. Eat two or three servings of fresh fruit daily.
6. Get some non-strenuous physical activity for half an hour a day.
7. Eat foods rich in protein such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs and cheese.
8. Do not skip the pre-dawn meal, to get all the nutrients.
9. Make sure to follow a healthy and balanced diet, by getting all the nutrients during the Iftar period.
Fasting early in pregnancy.
It may be advisable for women not to fast at the beginning of pregnancy, especially in the following cases:
1. Pregnant women who suffer from vomiting and lose a lot of fluids, to prevent dehydration.
2. Pregnant women are prone to fainting during fasting.
3. Pregnant women who suffer from normal hypotension during pregnancy, which leads to feeling weak and tired.
Fasting in the second trimester of pregnancy.
Studies have shown that pregnancy consumes a double amount of energy and that fasting at this stage may increase the chance of premature labor, noting that studies have also shown that fasting pregnant women in the last trimester of pregnancy may not affect fetal growth indicators.
_ The effect of fasting on a pregnant woman during Ramadan.
1. In order to obtain energy, the human body consumes during fasting first the stores of sugars, which are mainly found in the liver.
2. The body begins using ketones from fatty acids to obtain energy and maintain muscle mass and function.
3. Ketones have a negative effect on pregnant women, as they are more likely to get an increase in the percentage of these ketones in the body, which may lead to their arrival to the fetus, and when their quantity is large, they may harm it.
_ Can fasting lead to a speedy labor?
Fasting a pregnant woman in Ramadan may speed up the date of childbirth, and there are a number of theories that explain this phenomenon:
The first theory.
Fasting leads to an increase in the level of a hormone called vasopressin (ADH), which is similar in structure to the hormone oxytocin, which is the accelerating hormone of childbirth, and it is secreted from the brain.
When the level of the hormone vasopressin rises in the blood, it affects the receptors of the hormone oxytocin (Oxytocin), and leads to the acceleration of labor.
The second theory.
Low blood sugar causes the fetus to resort to fatty acid stores as well, and this increase in the fatty acid level may stimulate the start of the birth process.
How should a pregnant woman behave in a state of fatigue during fasting?
You should stay in an air-conditioned location, rest as much as possible, and if you feel a little tired or otherwise, here’s how to do it.
1. If you feel very dizzy, weak, and nauseous, then start vomiting.
You should stop fasting, and you should drink water at least until these symptoms disappear.
2. If you feel the birth signs.
When the following signals appear:
(Painful labor pains, uterine contractions, amniotic fluid coming out of the vagina, or bleeding)
.You should stop fasting and go to the hospital immediately.
3. If you do not feel the movements of the fetus for a few hours.
You must stop fasting, and you have to drink a sweet drink and count the movements of the fetus, and if you do not feel the movements of the fetus after doing this, you must go to the hospital quickly.
It is also a symptom.
▪️ Not gaining or losing weight.
▪️ Decreased urination, or dark urine.
▪️ Constipation, indigestion, headache, lethargy, fever, nausea and vomiting.
▪️ Decreased fetal movements or cramps.
_ Serious pregnancies.
It is usually advised not to fast during Ramadan if a pregnant woman is at great risk, such as:
1. Those who suffer from pregnancy complications, such as: diabetes or high blood pressure.
2. Women who experience early labor in the current pregnancy, or have had it in a previous pregnancy, during fasting.
3. Women who take essential medicines several times during the day, and we do not mean to take vitamins and iron that can be taken after iftar .
Adhere to the decision of your doctor. If he decides that you should abstain from fasting, you must adhere to his instructions.
_ The effect of fasting on the fetus.
Fasting during the month of Ramadan does not affect the weight, height, circumference of the head of the fetus, and the time of delivery, for healthy women who enjoy adequate nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
But in the event that the mother has diabetes or high blood pressure, the fetus may have some health complications, as mentioned by one of the studies, which may be the following:
1. Low fetal weight:
The lack of nutrition associated with fasting during pregnancy can affect the growth of the fetus, and some long-term health effects may occur, such as the incidence of kidney problems, type 2 diabetes, which may lead to coronary heart disease.
2. Cognitive impairment:
Dietary restrictions while fasting can raise levels of the hormone cortisol, which may lead to your child in the long term with cognitive impairment and learning difficulties.
_ Tips for breakfast.
1. Eat a healthy, balanced and comprehensive meal for all needs.
2. Hurry up iftar and start with a glass of water or skimmed milk with three small dates or any other fruit.
3. Starting iftar with a cup of soup to prepare the stomach and alert it to receive food.
4. Take necessary nutritional supplements.
5. Eat several small meals in the period after iftar and until the time of the pre-dawn meal (suhoor) .
_ Advice for the pre-dawn meal (Suhoor) .
1. Delaying suhoor for a period close to fajer.
2. The ideal suhoor meal should contain complex carbohydrates, which provide the body with energy, such as brown bread or whole grains.
3. Eating protein, which delays the feeling of hunger, such as eggs or milk and its derivatives or legumes.
4. Make sure to eat vegetables, fruits and foods high in fiber, which prevent constipation and provide the body with many minerals.
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