Ramadhan fasting is one of muslim obligation which must be done because it is a kind of our obedience and godly to Allah SWT.
In addition, Islam also has some other fasting like as sunnah fasting , arafah fasting , Daud fasting, Monday Fasting, and Rajab Fasting. The difference between the sunnah fasting and mandatory fasting are lies on the implementation of the each laws. Read more about The Law of Paying Taxes in Islam
The laws of Ramadhan Fasting
Ramadhan fasting is a mandatory except for some categories such as pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and children. Here, maternity is classified as a critical period for pregnant women whereas she requires plenty nutritious to maintain her body health both for herself and also to support the growth of her fetus. Read more about Law of Damages Environment in Islam
Pregnant women are not recommended doing fasting during Ramadhan due to the plenty nutritious required whereas it is being worried that fasting can interfere the heath of the mother and the baby growth.
Thus, pregnant women is allowed not to do fasting and can replace it into another time in the future or it is also can be replace it with fidyah (feeding the poor).
Still, pregnant women are also allowed doing fasting during Ramadhan as long as they are in a good condition. It is supported by some studies which showed that the weight and the growth of the baby’s brain are not affected by the condition of her mother during fasting.
Other research is also mentioned that the blood serums of the pregnant women are harmless for their fetus though it is having a difference volume. The main reason is tends to the condition of the mother which is being worried she is in a weak condition during fasting. Law of Yawning During Prayer in Islam
Here are some explanations referring to pregnant women whose having fasting during Ramadhan so that they can stand in a good condition:
- Consult to a doctor
It is advisable to have a doctor consultation before doing fasting because the doctor can give the best recommendation to pregnant women whether it is allowed or forbidden doing fasting.
The doctor can ensure the health condition of the pregnant women whether fasting is good or it is risky to be done. In addition, some cases are mentioned that pregnant women are susceptible to some diseases especially anemia. It is believed that anemia can impact the condition of fetus during fasting even worse. Read more about Law of Throwing Leftover Food in Islam
2. Consume plenty of waters
It is recommended for pregnant women to drink plenty of waters in order to avoid dehydration. By drinking many waters several days before fasting and then continued it when shaum time, it can support the baby to avoid the danger of dehydration in womb.
To avoid exhausted and anemia, pregnant women can also supply milk or juice when shaum time. In fact, pregnant women are also allowed to consume sweetest food or takjil (read: the advantages of takjil) when break fasting. [AdSense-B]
3. Avoid sugary foods
A pregnant woman is recommended to avoid sweetest food when sugary drink when shaum time. The reason is because it can effect to her glucose and insulin blood level. The highest level of glucose and insulin in her body can make her body weak during fasting. Read more about Law of Self-Injury in Islam
4. Consume many vegetables and fruits
It is fact that many pregnant women are having constipation and hemorrhoids which can be worse if the symptoms are not getting a good medication. It is important to consume vegetables and fruits during fasting because it can support the mothers’ digestion. She can rotate the consuming time whether to do it in shaum time or break fasting time. [AdSense-A]
5. Avoid spicy food
It is also need to avoid the spicy food because it can stimulate the acid glands on stomach and injure the intestinal. In fact, it can also be triggered a diarrhea and blocking the nutrition absorption inside the body.
6. Have a good rest
Every good thing which is done during fasting can lead a pregnant woman to get rewards including sleeping. Sleep has many advantages for a pregnant woman because it can help to restore the lost energy and makes her feel comfortable during fasting. Read more about Law of Celebrate Birthday in Islam
7. Avoid stress
Stress can happen to anyone which had bad effect to the health. It is advisable for a pregnant woman avoiding this condition and undergoes her fasting with a happy feeling so she will not feel as if as having fasting.
8. Avoid chilly food and drinks
It is also recommended to avoid cold food and drink when break fasting for pregnant women. She can consume chilly food or drink as long as in a normal volume because it can cause of susceptible of flu and fever.
9. Consume in bigger position oftentimes
After break fasting and Maghreb prayer, it is advisable to eat in a big portion. The reason is to maintain and restore all nutritious absorption especially for the baby. However, since the stomach of a pregnant woman is smaller, it needs to be considered to eat in small portion but oftentimes.
10. Snacking at night
It is true that snacking at night is not good for our health, however, it is highly recommended to do it for pregnant women whose having fasting in daytime.
Snacking before went to bed is recommend for a pregnant woman so she will not feel hungry at night and also to recover her energy after fasting the whole day. It is also advisable to consume healthy and nutritious snacks like fruits or snacks which are contained wheat or others.
11. Avoid to consume caffeine
Some pregnant women are difficult in changing their habitually especially those who are addicted to consume drinks which are contained caffeine. In fact, caffeine is a stimulate substance which is usually can be found in coffee, tea, chocolate and soda. Read more about Importance of Shyness in Islam
It is true that caffeine can help stimulate our brain; however, it has bad effect for pregnant women and their baby. It is highly advisable to avoid caffeine when shaum and break fasting time, especially soda drinks and cappuccino.
12. Slow down
It means to lessen the activities especially the heavy ones which caused of exhausted. It is also advisable not to have standing activities but tends to have more relaxing awaiting the Maghreb azan.
13. Note for symptoms appear
It is possible that there will be appear some symptoms which will interference the health of the pregnant women. The examples are: throw up, diarrhea followed with stomachache, nosebleed, listless, headache even sweatiest. If those symptoms appear, pregnant women are advisable to break their fasting at the day.
It is true that fasting can increase our Godly to Allah SWT especially when it is been done with heartfelt. The healthy condition from the pregnant women will not be burden in doing fasting during Ramadhan. Thus, it is important to maintain the healthiness during pregnancy. Read more about Importance of Silence in Islam
During pregnancy, a pregnant woman can increase her worship to Allah SWT by reading Al-Qur’an , dhikr , praying for her baby in womb. Indeed, the baby prayer of pregnant women during fasting will have the biggest opportunities to be granted by Allah SWT. Furthermore, it is also recommended to increase the other worship like sunnah prayer including Dhuha prayer and Tahajjud.