Will Fasting Affect Your Pregnancy?

Will Fasting Affect Your Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is one of the most important and life changing stages of your life, and taking care of your body during this transitional phase is vital. If you do decide to fast while being pregnant in Ramadan, it is very important to pay close attention to your body’s signals of any fatigue or tiredness. Our Ramadan pregnancy meal plan can help you maintain optimal nutrition and get all of your requirements throughout your pregnancy if you do decide to fast.Your stage of pregnancy is a huge factor to consider when making the decision whether to fast or not throughout your pregnancy.

1st Trimester
During the first trimester, many women find it difficult to fast due to morning sickness symptoms or constantly feeling nauseous. There is also an increased chance of your baby being born with a low birth weight.

2nd Trimester
The second trimester is the trimester that is considered the safest and best for fasting since it’s generally a stable stage during pregnancy where your baby is steadily growing. You need 200-300 extra calories per day at this point so it is important to make sure you are getting them from iftar to suhoor.

3rd Trimester
The third and final trimester of pregnancy is when you will need approximately 400 extra calories per day above your recommended base requirements. Provided that you can manage to get your nutritional requirements into your body within the non-fasting period, fasting isn’t considered to be a problem. If you experience reflux symptoms, like heartburn or indigestion, throughout your third trimester then you will probably find fasting a lot less manageable and should listen to this sign from your body.

Twins or More
If you are pregnant with multiples, it is important to know that you need extra nutrition (approximately 150 calories per day) for each extra baby. This is something that you should take into account when considering if you will be able to meet your nutritional requirements on a fasted schedule or not.

The main problem most women face when they decide to fast throughout their pregnancies is that they do not have an appetite to eat or drink enough to properly nourish themselves and their babies from sunset until dawn.

If you have any existing health conditions, fasting is not recommended during your pregnancy. These include diabetes, hypertension, compromised kidney or liver function, or pre-eclampsia. As always, the most important thing is to listen to your own body, do what feels right for you, and always consult with your doctor before deciding whether to fast or not.