Is It Safe To Fast During Pregnancy?
NEW DELHI, (IANS) – While doctors do not recommend staying empty stomach during pregnancy, if you are still adamant about keeping the fast, here are some tips to help you.
Take permission from your doctor
You have responsibility for yourself and your child’s health and well-being during your pregnancy. Anything that you consume or don’t consume can have direct consequences on your baby. Thus, before you decide to fast for the long life of your husband, make sure you visit your doctor and evaluate whether it’s a viable option for you.
Avoid physical activities
Rest is essential for women if they want their babies to be healthy and wish to avoid nausea, discomfort, and swelling during pregnancy. If you are keeping a fast, you should completely refrain from any activity unless necessary during the day. Exhaustion can lead to high blood pressure and create other problems, too.
If possible, eat fruit
Eat fruit at decided intervals which will replenish your body with nutrients, and you’ll still be keeping a fruit fast. Fruit provides fibers, folate, and vitamins, and hydrate your body. Eating fruit or even consuming them as smoothies will keep exhaustion at bay and you and your baby will feel full.
Take vitamin supplements
According to your doctor’s prescription, do not miss on folic acid and Vitamin D supplements to ensure that your and your baby’s body is nourished. These supplements provide the important nutrients that come from your meals which you will miss because of the fast. During pregnancy, you must consult your doctor and consume any medicine only if it is prescribed.
Instead of caffeine, have nuts and milk
Tea or coffee are drinks that contain caffeine; you might think that it’s liquid and it’ll keep you hydrated but caffeine can increase heart rate and blood pressure, causing stress. Instead, you should have a few nuts every hour, and consume milk, or even coconut water every few hours to stay hydrated and avoid having an empty stomach. It will keep you and your baby in good shape while fasting.
As a pregnant woman, you must prioritize the health of your unborn child.