Fasting during Pregnancy: Is it Safe to Fast?

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Fasting during Pregnancy: Is it Safe to Fast?

Fasting during Pregnancy: Is it Safe to Fast?

Although fasting during pregnancy is not recommended because not every woman’s body can stand the fast. Further, the fasting definitely has an impact on the developing fetus in every trimester. In fact, diabetic women are not allowed to fast during pregnancy. Stick to healthy pregnancy diet even during fasting schedule. Several studies have been conducted but it is hard to say whether fasting in pregnancy will have any effect on the baby after its birth or not. This pregnancy guide is going to give you some input especially during your fasting days.

Healthy Pregnancy during Fasting

Fasting during pregnancy depends on many things like your age, your body type, previous medical history, your date of conception, any complications during pregnancy, whether you are a working or a non-working woman, weather conditions, and easy access to medical facilities in case of any emergency.

Fasting during the first trimester may or may not have the significant effects on the baby. If it does have, it may result in baby weakening, shortened height or even low birth weight. There have been no solid proofs but other associated problems with fasting could be morning sickness, headache, nausea, acidity, or a pre-term or premature delivery. Your baby may feel dehydration or may have breathing troubles.

Fasting in the consecutive trimesters can prove some harm to would-be-mothers who already have some complications. For babies, the second and third trimesters are the time when they need more nourishment and they get all the essential supplements from whatever its mother will have throughout the day.

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Dos and Don’ts of Fasting during pregnancy

  • Increase your fluid intake in the form of water or even coconut water and fresh juices
  • Caffeine may cause dehydration in pregnancy (diuretic in nature), so avoid excess tea or coffee
  • Avoid sugary foods
  • Must include fruit in your diet (to cope up with the energy levels)
  • Do avoid strenuous exercises
  • Avoid hot summers to avoid the risk of dehydration
  • Avoid physical and mental stress
  • Avoid morning or evening walk while fasting during pregnancy
  • Break your fast with healthy pregnancy diet
  • Seek advice from elders as they are experienced

Ways to Handle Fasting

  • Seek your gynecologist’s advice before you start fasting.
  • Understand your body first because if at any point of time fasting is causing you any harm, you need to consult your doctor immediately.
  • Stay calm and composed because fasting during advanced conception can give you stress.
  • Do not ignore the SPECIAL instructions given by your doctor.

Risks Associated with Fasting during Pregnancy

Have no barriers in your mind. If you have started feeling unwell and your doctor suggests you something suitable, except the solutions with open mind otherwise it may harm your baby. You may develop uneasiness, have difficulty in breathing, sudden change in the fetal movements.

Case Study

In a study conducted by a Columbia University on some rats, it was found that the weight lost by some expectant rats was quicker than those lost by some non-expectant rats and the fetal growth in the pregnant rats too reduced to some extent.

So, see your body first and then plan to go for fasting during pregnancy.

If you are an expecting mother or at an advanced stage of pregnancy and have concerns ask the most knowledgeable and highly experienced doctors at MediMetry now!