Pregnancy and fasting tips
It is recommended not to fast during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but it is possible to eat and drink well and feed your baby well during this time if you do fast.
If you choose to fast, here are 6 tips to eat well and stay hydrated during the hours you can eat and drink during Ramadan:
- Plan ahead. Make sure you have the food available to you throughout Ramadan.
- At suhoor, eat foods that keep you fuller longer. Complex carbohydrates and high fibre foods, like oatmeal and sweet potatoes, will stave off hunger. Add protein foods, like meat and lentils, and healthy fats, like nuts and peanut butter, to keep you fuller even longer.
- At iftar, choose foods that quickly turn to sugar to give you energy right away, like dates, figs, yoghurt, and fruits.
- Drink about 10 cups of fluid/day from sunset to sunrise. Choose water, milk, and 100% fruit juice. Keep water with you to sip throughout the night.
- Pace you meals between iftar and suhoor. It is important not to under-eat or over-eat. Be aware when you are starting to get hungry, for example, when you may start thinking about food, usually every 2-3 hrs or so.
- Continue to take your prenatal vitamin with water every day in the non-fast hours.