Many important events occur in the first trimester, so the nutrition you consume is one of the most important to support its development. Entering the month of Ramadan when you as a Muslim have an obligation to fast, it becomes a question of whether pregnancy in the first trimester will not have a problem with fetal development. The research carried out was that fetal development in fasting and non-fasting mothers only had a slight difference in the birth weight of the baby. However, it does not mean that you can force yourself to fast because of the exception by Islam for pregnant and nursing mothers if it will result in conditions that worsen health.
What to do if you are just entering the first trimester of pregnancy, fasting or not. Every condition is different for the fetus and you, so even though you have the same pregnancy period as your partner, this cannot be a reference for you to follow. Some of you feel changes in early pregnancy such as frequent nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, changes in blood circulation. So that by fasting early in pregnancy it is feared that it will interfere with fetal development and reduce appetite because the stomach is empty throughout the day. Perform an obstetrician examination so that you know the development of your fetus. If the test results show that you are healthy, then you can continue fasting.
Seven out of ten pregnant women decide not to fast because of fetal health factors and medical history. As for those of you who will fast after a doctor’s examination, it is advisable to take extra care of your womb. Here’s how:
1. Pay attention to the adequacy of the nutrients consumed. Even though fasting, you should get 50% carbohydrates, 25% protein, 10-15% of healthy fats for pregnant women, don’t forget the intake of vitamins and minerals.
2. Watch your weight gain before and while fasting. Weight loss may put your fetus at risk. Maintain weight and do consultations.
3. Check your pregnancy to find out that your fetus can adapt to nutritional intake in the fasting month. As long as you are fasting, it does not mean that your fetus is fasting. It is very important for you to pay attention to the intake throughout the day at dawn and breaking.
4. The right menu choices when breaking the fast or dawn so it is beneficial for fetal development such as dates, spinach, salmon, broccoli, asparagus, chicken.
5. Manage your rest properly so that it doesn’t cause stress and disturb your health.
6. Do not continue fasting if your condition shows unfavorable conditions such as nausea, dizziness, excessive weakness etc.