7 Tips for Safe Fasting for Pregnant Women so that the Fetus is Healthy
Safe fasting tips for pregnant women so that the fetus is healthy can be applied at the beginning of the month of Ramadan. Especially if you do decide to fast during pregnancy.
Ramadan fasting for pregnant women is obligatory. However, pregnant women are allowed not to fast and pay fidyah instead.
The provision of fasting and fidyah for pregnant women is found in surah Al-Baqarah verse 184 which reads:
اَيَّامًا مَّعْدُوْدٰتٍۗ فَمَنْ كَانَ مِنْكُمْ مَّرِيْضًا اَوْ عَلٰى سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ اَيَّامٍ اُخَرَ ۗ وَعَلَى الَّذِيْنَ يُطِيْقُوْنَهٗ فِدْيَةٌ طَعَامُ مِسْكِيْنٍۗ فَمَنْ تَطَوَّعَ خَيْرًا فَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّهٗ ۗ وَاَنْ تَصُوْمُوْا خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ اِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُوْنَ
(Ayyamam ma’dụdat, fa mang kana mingkum maridan au ‘ala safarin fa ‘iddatum min ayyamin ukhar, wa ‘alallazina yutiqunahu fidyatun ta’amu miskin, fa man tadawwa’a khairan fa huwa khairul lah, wa an tasumu khairul lakum ing kuntum ta’lamun)
Meaning: “(That is) a certain number of days. So whoever among you is sick or on a journey (then does not fast), then (must replace) as many days (which he did not fast) on other days. And for those who it is hard to do it, it is obligatory to pay fidyah, that is, to feed a poor person. But whoever willingly does good, that is better for him, and your fasting is better for you if you know.”
Tips for safe fasting for pregnant women
Fasting during pregnancy is not prohibited in Islam. But, Mother needs to prepare it carefully.
The following are safe fasting tips for pregnant women so that the fetus is healthy:
1. Check with the doctor before fasting
Control to the doctor is highly recommended for mothers who want to fast during pregnancy. Visits to the doctor can be done before the month of Ramadan.
“Mothers who are pregnant can control the obstetrician to do an ultrasound examination, check the amniotic fluid, and the fetal heart rate,” said the Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialist at Eka Hospital Cibubur, dr. Alexander Mukti, Sp.OG, to HaiBunda some time ago.
“During control, Mother must also actively ask questions. Ask about the condition of the fetus, the feasibility of the body’s condition for fasting, foods that should be avoided, and proper eating procedures during fasting,” he continued.
2. Pay attention to the condition of the body
When fasting begins, Mother needs to pay attention to whether there are changes in the body. Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialist Dr. Risma Maharani, Sp.OG., M.Kes, said that pregnant women should not fast first if they feel nauseous, weak and sick.
“It is better not to fast if you experience these conditions (nausea and vomiting) or other diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, or experience digestive disorders, diarrhea or ulcers, as well as pregnant women who need to take regular medication,” said Risma on Live Instagram HaiBunda, recently This.
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3. Count fetal movements during fasting
Monitoring of fetal movement can be done periodically during fasting. Alex explained, normally active fetal movements are 10 times per 24 hours. If the fetal movement is normal and Mother’s condition is fit, then she can fast.
“But on the other hand, if the movement of the fetus is not active, you should immediately see a doctor. This can indicate a problem with the fetus or amniotic fluid,” said Alex.
4. Fulfill fluid intake
Fulfilling fluid intake is also very important for pregnant women who are fasting. Please note, fasting can reduce fluid intake and affect the amniotic fluid.
“If you decide to fast during pregnancy, you must commit to drinking a lot. At least you can make a target of drinking at least 2 liters of water between iftar and sahur,” said Alex.
“As a reminder, you can drink 3 to 4 glasses of water when breaking your fast. The measure is to drink mineral water at Isya time, before going to bed, and at dawn.”
5. Don’t eat too much
Eating schedule during fasting is very limited. That is, Mother must be smart in dividing food portions during iftar and sahur time.
Avoid eating in large portions when breaking the fast. According to the Prophet’s advice, Mother can first consume water and eat sweet snacks, then continue with a large meal after approximately 1 hour or after the Maghrib prayer.
Don’t forget to eat slowly, Mother. Don’t let your stomach get sick from eating large portions and fast.
6. Choose a healthy and nutritious diet
Expand the consumption of foods high in fiber and protein during iftar and sahur. Don’t forget to fulfill your carbohydrate and fat intake from food with the right portion.
At dawn, Mother can choose food sources of complex carbohydrates that can be full for a long time, such as brown rice or wheat. Meanwhile, at the time of breaking the fast, you can consume simple carbohydrates that can be quickly absorbed by the body, such as white rice.
The menu for sahur and breaking the fast can be added with vegetables, fruit and protein to increase energy and maintain the health of the digestive tract.
7. Avoid unhealthy food
Avoid unhealthy foods that can trigger stomach acid to digestive problems during the fasting month. Pregnant women need to avoid sweet, oily and high-salt foods at the time of breaking the fast.
It is also important to avoid foods or drinks with coconut milk at breaking time. Coconut milk can cause stomach discomfort and interfere with digestion.
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