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Pregnant women (pregnant women) want to continue fasting in the month of Ramadan? There are several things that must be considered before Mother undergoes fasting during pregnancy.
Research on fasting has mixed results. There are those who say that fasting does not affect the baby’s birth weight, but there are also those who say it is unclear whether fasting can have an impact on the health of the pregnant woman or the fetus in the womb.
Dr. Sarah Schenker, a board-certified Public Health Dietitian and Nutritionist, said that there are differences of opinion, so experts recommend pregnant women not to fast during pregnancy.
“It is important to remember that if you are pregnant, Islamic law does not require you to fast. You can make up for your fast later. Or you can do fidyah, which is a way of making up for missed fasts by giving food to people in need,” explained Schenker as quoted by BabyCenter.
According to him, if pregnant women feel they are not healthy enough to fast or are worried about their own health or that of the fetus in the womb, talk to a doctor or midwife so that an examination can be carried out before making a decision.
He said, deciding to fast or not is also a very personal choice. Pregnant women must consider based on several things such as the stage of pregnancy or how the condition of the pregnancy has been so far.
If the pregnant woman’s weight is healthy and her lifestyle is healthy in general, it is likely that she will be able to cope with fasting better. Don’t forget, the fetus needs nutrition from its mother, and if your body has sufficient energy stores, fasting will likely have less of an impact.
Things pregnant women should pay attention to before fasting
Schenker said other things that need to be considered before pregnant women plan to fast are:
1. Consult a doctor
When controlling the womb, take the time to discuss fasting plans with the doctor or midwife. Pregnancy can be demanding for the mother’s body because the mother and fetus need lots of nutrients and fluids.
Doctors or midwives can help meet the dietary needs of pregnant women. And pregnant women may also need to do more frequent checks during fasting.
2. Pregnant women with diabetes
If you want to fast, talk to your doctor or midwife beforehand and plan your food and drink carefully.
3. Start reducing caffeinated drinks
If pregnant women usually drink caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, tea and cola, it is best to reduce them before fasting. This way to prevent headaches.
Pregnant women shouldn’t consume more than 200mg of caffeine a day during pregnancy, which is about two cups of instant coffee. Don’t forget that chocolate and green tea also contain caffeine.
4. Talk to your boss about work
If pregnant women work, try to talk to the leadership about the division of labor during Ramadan. Pregnant women may be able to reduce working hours or extra rest.
5. Make a food diary
Keeping a food diary can let pregnant women know what they eat and drink.
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