When you decide to fast during pregnancy, you must be able to maintain the health of your fetus by fulfilling nutritional needs throughout the day. Fasting does not allow you to lose nutritional intake, the right time to meet nutritional needs is when breaking and sahur, although for those of you who are pregnant fasting is not a must if it will cause fetal health problems. Of course, you have to get a health statement from your obstetrician or midwife so that the fetus and you are safe to fast. In the second trimester, the health condition and the fetus are usually strong enough to allow for fasting. Unlike the first trimester, there are still many changes, so you need to adapt as well as the last trimester of labor preparation so that it requires much better conditions.
You can do to maintain the health of the fetus during fasting, as follows:
1. Maintaining Conditions When Fasting
Many feel able to skip fasting even though they are pregnant. The main concern that you can do is to maintain the health condition of both you and the fetus. If you feel that you experience some health problems while fasting, you should consult your obstetrician or midwife. Changes in the environment that are sometimes unexpected cause your immune system in the midst of your fasting to be disturbed. Don’t force it to fast if your health will get worse.
2. Iftar and Suhoor is the right time
Your nutritional intake is very much needed in fetal development. Always keep a diet 3 times a day so that even though you are fasting, you can adjust your eating schedule when breaking the fast and also after taraweh with adequate nutrition from this type of food. Avoid foods that are too spicy, foods too cold / hot, raw foods.
3. Set the activity time
Too tired is not good for pregnant women, in addition to the body condition which will be disturbed and cause weakness throughout your fasting day, the risk of fetal disorders increases if you allow irregular activities especially until your resting time is disturbed. Take a few breaks in between your activities.
4. Get a Pregnancy Check-up
Even though you are fasting, it is important that you consult your doctor about the progress of your pregnancy. This is to be able to detect early pregnancy problems that may occur, so that your uterus is regularly checked to prevent it.