Karwa Chauth is just around the corner. It often puts a soon-to-be mother in a dilemma as it is no longer restricted to only her own health, but also concerns the health of the unborn child. So how can pregnant women keep a healthy and safe karwa Chauth fast? Here we decode some effective ways that can help you manage this day well. Karwa Chauth Fasting During Pregnancy ( 2nd and 3rd trimester of Pregnancy )
Karwa Chauth Fasting During Pregnancy:
Here are some important tips that will help you in sailing smoothly through this auspicious fasting day.
Consult your health specialist or gynecologist:
Just like pregnancy consultation, you also need karwa Chauth consultation. Your doctor can properly guide you depending upon your trimester whether it is safe for you and your baby to skip your daily dose of nutrition. In a general and healthy pregnancy, this fast can be easily observed in a traditional format. However, if the pregnancy is complicated and involves medical risks, It is best to skip the fast or follow an easy version by having fruits and milk in between. You can also consider sago specially if you are in 3rd trimester. Those in 2nd trimester can have 1 or 2 Kuttu ki roti.
Prepare yourself in advance:
Our bodies are naturally designed to store sufficient energy and fat throughout the day so even if we skip some meals, it has the capacity to sustain itself. But during pregnancy, the scenario is different as skipping meals can lead to low blood pressure, dizziness and nausea. So if the need arises it is best to rush to your doctor and break the fast.
Eat a nutritious pre-dawn meal:
Your “sargi” which is an early morning meal should be a wholesome and balanced meal. This will keep you full and energetic to sail through the day.
Keep yourself occupied and distracted:
The thought of having food might develop a craving for it. Hence, it is important to distract yourself by keeping yourself in some company of friends or family. Keeping yourself occupied can make you forget about eating food.
Drink ample water:
This fast restricts the consumption of water. However, hydration is highly necessary for a pregnant woman. So dont be so harsh upon yourself, and follow an easy version where you keep yourself hydrated by having coconut water or fruits in between. This is in the best interest of your baby and your health.
Keep yourself calm and relaxed:
During pregnancy your body works harder and while fasting it may not get enough fuel so you need to save energy. Refrain yourself from indulging into strenuous activities. Be moderately active which will help you get through the entire day. You may choose to read a good book or listen to some relaxing music to keep your mind calm.
Break your fast with nutritious food:
Avoid eating fat-rich, salty and sugary foods after breaking your fast as this may put you at risk of getting hyperglycemia and hypertension. Instead stick to eating light, warm and healthy foods.
Sample diet plan for Karwa Chauth Fasting During Pregnancy :
To give you an idea here is a sample diet plan that you can refer to while fasting on karwa Chauth.
Early Morning / Pre -Dawn / Sargi meal for Pregnancy
- 1 glass of warm milk mixed with dry fruit powder,
+ 2 aloo and beetroot paranthas with vegetable raita,
+ 1 bowl of fresh fruit with chia seeds.
- 1 or 2 stuffed paneer stuffed paranthas + Potato sabji,
+ warm milk 1 glass mixed with dry fruit powder,
+ 1 bowl of fresh fruit with chia seeds.
- 1 glass coconut water
- 1 Watermelon/ orange/ 1 glass carrot juice. If you choose to eat an apple, sprinkle a little elaichi powder on it to avoid gas.
Night meal / Fast breaking meal / Fast opening meal :
Start with :
- 1 glass plain warm milk
+ 10 soaked almonds
- 1 bowl Makhana kheer / Rice kheer ( You can use dates as a natural sweetener).
This will help in avoiding Nausea, vomiting, and Acidity, which is very likely to follow after the meal.
Then move to the Main course.
- 1 bowl vegetable pulao
+ 1 bowl dal / kadhi
- 2 Roti
+ Palak paneer sabji
It is important to note that religious practices should not be followed blindly. If you have the willingness and mainly if your health allows you, seek your gynecologist’s permission and observe the fast. I hope you liked the information we provided for Karwa Chauth Fasting During Pregnancy. Please feel free to ask us your questions or discuss your planned menu. You can comment below and we will get back to you.
Dont forget to check our pregnancy diet plans.
- Indian diet plan for a healthy pregnancy.
- Diet plan for diabetes during pregnancy.
- Pregnancy diet plan for obese/overweight women.
- Foods to eat in pregnancy.
- Foods to avoid in pregnancy.
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