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A Gynecologist Advices Pregnant Women to Drink a Lot When Breaking Their Fast
29 July 2013

Dr. Samir Sindy, a consultant physician in obstetrics, gynecology and Women's Laparoscopic Surgury, considers dehydration as the most common health problem suffered by pregnant women who fast Ramadan during the intense summer heat. This is due to the anatomical nature of the female body, characterized by the shortness of bladder and pregnancy. There is also a possibility that the womb is pressing against the ureters or that the urinary tract is infected, which in some cases may lead to premature birth. So for this reason he advises pregnant women to drink plenty of fluids upon breaking their fast (Iftar), all through until commencing their fast (Suhoor.

 

This advice was given by Dr. Samir Sindy during the interview he had at the MOH’s Media and Health Awareness Information Center, as part of the program ‘Hello Healthy Ramadan’. Over the past ten years, the MOH has been showing keen interest in presenting this annual program, in order to facilitate a live Q&A session between the public and the guest Consultant. This is via the allocated toll free number: 8002494444, or via the MOH’s Twitter account: @SAUDIMOH.

 

Dr. Sindy has explained that some pregnant women are advised not to fast, especially diabetics suffering from irregular blood sugar levels. Pregnant women who have infections and need to take antibiotics and undergo frequent medications are also advised not to fast, as well as women who have kidney disease or chronic liver problems.

 

He went on to mention that “breastfeeding mothers, who are dehydrated and may experience more dehydration due to breastfeeding, are advised to abstain from fasting that day. But generally, it is still possible for pregnant women to fast based on the statement made by Sheihk Ibn Uthaymeen, May Allah have mercy upon him: “The pregnant woman’s situation is either one of two: either she is strong and energetic, with no harm on her – nor her baby's – health as a result of the hardship of fasting. In this case it’s obligatory for her to fast because she has no excuse to refrain from doing so. Or she can’t fast due to the burden of pregnancy or physical weakness or due to any other reason. In such a case she may break her fast especially if continuing will harm her fetus; in fact it becomes obligatory upon her to discontinue.”

 

Dr. Samir emphasized the need to plan in advance for the time of pregnancy, and to organize her sugar level if she is diabetic. Meanwhile, she must also drink plenty of fluids all through the period between Iftar and Suhoor. She must follow the guidelines of her doctor, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, eat several times over the night, refrain from unhealthy flavorings, regulate hours of sleep, and exercise in the evening instead of the morning.

 




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