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  1. Fasting is generally risky for pregnant women and fasting in summer for whole month can even be called irresponsible. Our religion is not that hard and pregnant women are certainly excused from fasting when it means spending 18 hours without any nourishment for developing baby. To me it borders with islamic fundamentalism. You should have put in capital letters ‘consult with your doctor first’.

    • Dear Azra, I don’t fully agree with you. According to some western doctors, fasting is said to be not healthy even to a non pregnant person. They will tell you, you need to drink and that’s why in their opinion it is not healthy to anybody. So when I was pregnant and facing this decision, I tried to find medical studies, but it is possible to find studies indicating that fasting has no negative effects on the pregnancy, while others would claim, that it does. So after all this, my feeling was that it really is hard to get an objective opinion especially from non Muslims, because in their imagination there is no such things as divine wisdom behind the rules of our religion.

      At the end I followed the advice of my mother in law, she has given birth to eleven healthy babies alhamdulillah, so she should know. She told me to try fasting and to see how I feel, and alhamdulillah I was doing good.

      We should put our trust first and foremost in Allah, who made it possible for pregnant women to choose according to their personal situation. There must be a reason why Allah did not forbid fasting for pregnant women in general and I think we should reflect about this.

      • Sabina, mashAllah, thank you for sharing your experience! I was so blessed to have a devout Muslim doctor for my first three pregnancies. When my health was affected by severe morning sickness and fasting, she said quite clearly, “you may not fast.” However, during my third pregnancy, Ramadan occurred when I was much further along (3rd trimester), so under her supervision I fasted the entire month and felt wonderful, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I agree that it depends on every person’s situation. I feel so thankful to subscribe to this beautiful religion of ease!

  2. I need advice for breastfeeding mothers during Ramadhan, I’ve tried to train myself in Syabaan but it seems that I’m having some giddy spells during the day i fasted and few days after that (even when I’m not fasting). Can help me please?

    • salam aleikum, I can only share my personal experience, it is of course subjective but I hope it can help you a bit. I experienced fasting during pregnancy (month 4) and while breastfeeding. I personally had no problems during pregnancy alhamdulillah, but it was not possible for me to fast while breastfeeding my baby. My body would not produce enough milk. The next year, my baby was already eating some other food additionally to my milk, so it would not depend on the breastfeeding as the only source of nutrition, then, I was fine fasting. But when the baby is little and you are risking not be able to give it enough milk, you should be very careful. To sum it up: don’t underestimate the effect of fasting on your body when breastfeeding. Try it, but if you notice, that it results in a decline of milk production, don’t put a burden on you which Allah did not. There is devine wisdom in the ruling that allows you to postpone your fast. So if you feel you need it, don’t hesitate to take this gift of Allah.

      I really like the fact, that the author of this beneficial article reminds us of the many ways of gaining taqua in Ramadan even when not fasting, we should not forget this!
      May Allah bless you dear sister and bless all our pregnant and breastfeeding sisters and help us all to make appropriate decisions, good for us and our children.

    • Asalamu alaykum! We should have an article for this topic as well.

      First and foremost, let us remind ourselves that breastfeeding is one of the rights the child has upon his parents. So if the mother is able to breastfeed, she should give the child his/her right.

      The second thing is that everyone’s body is different. Listen to your body!

      It’s too late for this now, but one idea is to pump and freeze some milk to supplement with while fasting. Another idea is to supplement with formula during Ramadan (though I personally am not a fan of this idea, so any breastfeeding fanatics out there, calm down, I’m just telling you what some women choose to do)

      I was also unable to fast while my children were dependent on breast milk. I simply could not produce, so I did not fast. If I don’t eat or drink with every feeding, then I get light headed and weak. The key thing to remember is that fasting should not harm your health or your baby’s, if it does, then you are exempt from fasting, and Allah knows best. May you have a blessed Ramadan.

  3. Salams. When Allah (swt) Himself has said that pregnant and lactating women are EXEMPT from fasting, His word should be the final word. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Please remember that when we obey what Allah (swt) says, such as not performing prayers praying while menstruating and not fasting while pregnant, we are obeying HIS Will. Please let us not create hardship where Allah (swt) has provided ease.

    • salam,
      there is an important distinction between the ruling for menstruation and the ruling for pregnancy and lactation with respect to fasting: menstruating women are ***not allowed*** to fast, but pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are ***allowed but not obligated*** to fast: So it’s up to them to decide according to their personal situation, health and circumstances. Alhamdulillah, there is so much wisdom and mercy in that rule!

  4. I really like the nice twist to an oft-repeated subject, Pregnancy and Fasting, in this article. Masha Allah, keep up the good work and may Allah reward you handsomely for your efforts. May you enjoy a fabulous Ramadan with your family, Ameen!

  5. MashaAllah tabarakAllah. btw to the comment from NA – Allah does not state in the Quran that pregnant and fasting women and exempt. In fact, fasting can only be left if the mother fears serious harm for herself or her baby.

    • Jazakum Allahu khayran everyone for your kind comments, I really appreciate the feedback. I ask Allah SWT to make it a blessed Ramadan for all.

  6. jazakAllah for such a beneficial article, I fasted while pregnant with my 1st born and shukar to Allah, I kept all my fasts and gave birth to a healthy boy after ramadaan, I just fell pregnant in the last ramadaan, kept all my fasts and I have another healthy 2 month old baby boy, inshaAllah with the help of Allah , I intend on keeping all my fasts this ramadaan even though I am breastfeeding, may Allah make it easy for all of us moms and moms to be and for all the muslims ameen, do remember us in your duaas, I would be grateful for an article on breastfeeding in ramadaan, jazakAllah

  7. ASSALAAMALAIKUM,ur article brought tears to my eyes…i have hypothyroidism.m 10weeks pregnant n i had had 2 miscarriages earlier.right now i m on defcort 6mg,thyrox 50mg,ovutig inj twice weekly,n ecosprin 75mg..but after i had some bleeding my gynae stopped ecosprin (sorry for bothering you with all the details)have prescribed duphaston 10mg instead which had to be taken thrice daily at 8 hrs gap..on my recent visit i asked the doc if i could alter the time a bit he said a strict NO…n i was in such dilemma whether to fast or not,my heart missed a beat every time i thought i wont be able to fast but after reading your article i know what i have to do..will fast until my body signals me to stop.your advices are very much like my mom in laws….especially” the market place one n to keep our tongue moist with remembrance of ALLAH”.ALLAH knows best. stay blessed.

  8. Salam Sis. Thank You for this article. The part about listening to your body really resonates well with me. I am currently in my second trimester and so far have managed to fast for a whole week. I must remember to constantly hydrate myself and eat smaller meals. And yes, having a sound family support system is really important as it means allowing more time for mummies to rest. Assalammualaikum.

  9. Salam jazakallah for a great article. Im 6 weeks pregnant and fasted first 9 days then my nausea took the better of me as it is through the day and night although im not sick. Im in such a dilemma and feel like i should brave out the nausea and fast. I missed 3 days inshallah im going to try again tomorrow. The long summer fast make it harder esp in pregnancy

  10. The whole idea that people here can essentially with no medical background suggest that fasting is okay when you are pregnant is dangerous and scary.

    You cannot provide anecdotal evidence and state it as fact (well my mother did).

    The FACT is you are putting your child at risk when you fast while pregnant. You increase chances of learning disabilities and other birth problems.

    You want proof?

    http://users.nber.org/~almond/AEJApp-2010.R1_manuscripttables.pdf

  11. Jazak Allah Khair for this beautiful article. May Allah make this Ramadan easy and rewarding for every muslim, inshaAllah. :)

  12. Asslamualaikum im 36 weeks pregnant and alhandulillah have been fasting this ramadhan as i feel fine. Recently my midwife has recommended a growth scan,my question is do you think i should fast for my scan or not because of fluid count as im quite far gone and wouldnt need as much water intake.jazakallah