Karva Chauth is a tradition that's been passed down for ages. Women fast for one entire day only to prove their love for their well, better halves. It's a simple concept; the wife remains hungry and the husband lives a happy, long life. Yes, it seems like a sweet, romantic gesture but going without food is no easy task, especially not when you are pregnant. But should you really consider fasting when you have a bun in the oven? Maybe not, here's why.

What Are The Effects of Fasting On Pregnant Women?

When you are pregnant and responsible for the nutritional needs of your little one in there, your body needs more nutrition than before. You should therefore, avoid fasting. Devoiding the body of nourishment especially in the first trimester can be very risky and pose serious complications. While some studies show no effect of fasting on the mother and baby, there are studies that suggest that fasting can cause preterm labour. The most consistent transient finding in fetuses during a fast is decreased foetal breathing, which resolves once the mother eats. Also, nutritional restrictions during fasting can elevate the levels of cortisol hormone, which can result in cognitive impairment in children. Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Have Painkillers for This Shocking Reason

Who Should Avoid Fasting?

In general, any pregnant woman who suffers from complications during pregnancy, like high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney infections or heart problems must refrain from fasting. Also, avoid fasting if you have a history of preterm delivery, history of eating disorders, insufficient weight gain and anaemia. Keto Diet and Pregnancy: Is The Low-Carb, High-Fat Weight Loss Plan Safe For Moms-To-Be?

What Are The Warning Signs That You Should End The Fast?

End the fast if you notice a decrease in baby movements or labour like pain. Reduced frequency of urination or dark coloured urine could be a sign of dehydration, so break your fast immediately. Planning for a Baby? Here’s How You Can Plan a Healthy Pregnancy.

If you still want to go ahead with fasting, drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. Break your fast in case you feel too week and eat a healthy meal including protein, fruits, dates, and fibre.  Also, avoid activities that will leave you physically exhausted while fasting.

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