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Ramadan Guide for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
Sidra Medicine wishes you a happy and healthy Ramadan.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and decide to fast, you may find our tips here useful as it is important to be aware of how to fast safely.
Please note that nutrition during pregnancy plays an important role for both the mother and the baby. It is very important that you check with your physician before you choose to fast. This is to ensure that you do not have any health risks such as high blood sugar or high blood pressure.
Break your fast gradually by starting with some dates and/or water
Eat a well-balanced meal at pre-dawn (Suhoor) and the time of breaking your fast (Iftar).
Make sure that your meal includes all food groups such as proteins, carbohydrates, dairy products, vegetables and fruits.
Divide your meals following your Iftar and include a light evening snack and then your meal during Suhoor
Eat healthy food like lean proteins (ex: skinless chicken), complex carbohydrates (ex: whole grain bread).and vegetables that are high in fiber and will help you feel full for a longer period
Avoid sugary drinks including soft drinks as they are high in calories and sugar content
Avoid spicy and salty food as they may make you feel thirsty when you are fasting
Avoid eating sweets immediately after Iftar to prevent your stomach from bloating
Reduce fatty foods to avoid heartburn and weight gain
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids after you break your fast (ideally 2-3 liters of water throughout the night)
Reduce coffee consumption
Avoid heavy physical activities during fasting however perform simple physical activities like walking or gentle exercises for at least half an hour a day
Sleep well and ensure an average of 8 hours sleep per night