Ramadan is around the corner and you are expecting a new life inside you. All the festivity and cheers may remind you of last year. But you can also take part in all the activities in this blessed month. We will tell you how…..
Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims. During this month they refrain from eating and drinking anything from dawn to dusk. For Allah’s blessings and gratitude, Muslims around the world celebrate this month wholeheartedly. Now Allah has given an option to pregnant ladies, lactating mothers, travelers, and sick or elder people to avoid fasting. But if you are habitual to observing fast and this year you cannot follow the routine because of pregnancy. You may feel gloomy but here are tips and tricks that you can follow and observe fasts as well. This Ramadan you can make a difference in society by taking one step at a time.
Most mothers are concerned that whether they observe fast or not. Society norms and most doctors just ask you to stop. But if you are healthy and your baby is fine, you can easily observe fast with complete effectiveness. In modern science, it is proved that fasting in the second trimester helps you to fight many diseases. According to a recent research, observing fast in second trimester helps you avoid gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), preterm birth, preeclampsia, anthropometrics of newborn, low birth weight, etc. In short observing fast (keeping track of your and baby’s health) can build up your stamina, sleep routines, improves stress levels and ,many other health benefits as well. So if you are in good health and condition, opt for fast, You feel great since it will be the amalgamation of Allah’s blessings as well.
Tips to follow
If you want to spend this month in full spirit, just do the following things religiously
1. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water at Suhur and Iftar
2. Break your fast with a healthy meal including protein, fruits, dates and fiber
3. Break the fast in case you feel too weak
4. Eat energy rich foods during Suhur
5. Avoid activities which will leave you physically exhausted while fasting
6. Take rest and sleep well
Contact your doctor or midwife immediately if you feel any change or discomfort. The following scenarios are must be taken care of.
1. Not putting on enough weight, or losing weight.
2. Feeling very thirsty, or urinating lesser than usual or if urine is dark colored. This is a sign of dehydration, and it can make you more prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs) or other complications.
3. Headaches, other pains or fever.
4. Nausea or vomiting.
5. If there is a noticeable change in your baby’s movements, such as if your baby is not moving around or kicking as much.
6. You notice contraction-like pains. This could be a sign of premature labor.
7. Feeling dizzy, faint, weak, confused or tired, even after you have had a good rest. Break your fast immediately and drink water containing salt and sugar, or an oral rehydration solution.