Can a pregnant woman fast during Ramadan?
Ramadan fasting for pregnant women does not affect the fetus in terms of its weight, length, and time of birth, but it may be tiring for fairy women or those who have some health problems. In this case, she should see her doctor and consult him. If he prevents her from fasting, she must adhere to the doctor’s advice.

What are the cases in which a pregnant woman is advised to opt out of fasting during Ramadan?
Continuous vomiting:
Refraining from taking fluids for more than 15 hours or less in hot weather may put the pregnant at risk of dehydration, which is accompanied by general tiresome, fatigue, and blurred vision.

High salt content:
The tests conducted by the pregnant woman during various stages of her pregnancy may show an increase in the percentage of salts or the presence of pus or germs in the urine, in which case she needs to drink a lot of water throughout the day, in addition to appropriate treatment.

Low birth weight:
Some pregnant women with weak physiques may face a problem in getting enough food for their fetus, and in such cases, the pregnant needs to eat and drink at intermittent intervals throughout the day.

High blood pressure:
It is one of the complications that usually occur in the last trimester of pregnancy, if a woman suffers from this problem, she is prohibited from fasting during Ramadan because her health condition requires taking specific doses of medication throughout the day.

Gestational diabetes:
If a woman has gestational diabetes, she cannot stop eating and drinking for a long time because of low blood sugar levels, and her health condition requires taking specific doses of medication.

Twin pregnancy:
For the safety of her twin, the pregnant woman is prohibited from fasting the month of Ramadan, especially since she is at greater risk of miscarriage and premature birth.

Pregnant women are prohibited from fasting during the month of Ramadan in the event of pre-eclampsia, which causes high blood pressure and weight gain, as a result of fluid and salt retention in the body, with high albuminuria (Proteinuria).

How do I prepare for fasting?
Plan to make things easier during Ramadan:
  • Talk to your doctor, who can check your health and meet your nutritional needs. You may also need to have more frequent checkups while fasting.
  • Talk to your boss at work about your work during Ramadan and the possibility of reducing your working hours or taking extra breaks.
  • Start writing down your food and drink in a food diary, so that you know what you eat and drink.
  • Start being ready early for Ramadan by doing the shopping and errands before fasting.
What are the warning signs that I should know about while fasting?
Contact your GP for advice as soon as possible if:
  • You are not gaining enough weight, or losing weight, which could be harmful to your baby. You probably won't be weighed during your prenatal appointments, so weigh yourself regularly at home while fasting.
  • You feel very thirsty, urinate less, or if the urine turns dark, this is a sign of dehydration, and it can make you more susceptible to urinary tract infections or other complications.
  • If you feel dizzy, faint, weak, confused, or tired, even after you get a good rest, stop your fasting immediately with a sugary drink and a salty snack (if you did not have high blood pressure before).