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This Karva Chauth is a time of fasting for many, but for pregnant mothers this ceremony becomes a little difficult. For one, staying with food or water for long hours may not be the best way to go about things. While most experts will tell these ladies to give the ritual a miss, if you are resolute about going through with it, here are some tips to go about it with some care.
Tip#1: Visit your gynaecologist: Before you start the fast, make sure you consult your gynaecologist. This is especially important since during pregnancy you are more prone to hypertension and gestational diabetes. And if you already have the conditions it could make matters worse. Also, if you are in your first or third trimester, observing a fast is best avoided. That being said, the second trimester is an easier and safer time for you to do the same.
Tip#2: Don't starve yourself: Going an entire day without food or water is an absolute no-no during pregnancy. So, see if there is any way to work around this ritual.
Tip#3: Eat well before the fast starts: Make sure you start your day with a tall glass of milk and the traditional 'sargi'. This will help you rejuvenate your body's depleting resources after an entire night of not having eaten.
Tip #4: Eat what you can every two hours: Your body needs energy to function optimally, and even more so when you are pregnant. Therefore make sure you eat every two hours. You could choose to have fruits or fruit juices. Apart from that hydration is also important, therefore drinking coconut water can help too.
Tip # 5: Realise that this may be difficult too: When you are pregnant your calorie requirement goes up drastically. Therefore a diet consisting of only fruits and milk can also feel like a fast to your body -- causing it to react the same way it would if you weren't eating anything at all. So, if you experience acidity or fatigue by the end of the day, don't worry, it will get better.
Tip #6: Don't go overboard when you are breaking the fast: It is best you avoid eating high calorie foods or those with high amounts of sugar when you break your fast, as this can lead to gestational diabetes.
Inputs provided by Rhituparna Mitra, head - Content Strategy and Promotion, Babychakra.com, to IANS
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