Dr. Gassir Mahmoud, a gynaecologist warned pregnant women of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
“fasting even for only one day could put the mother and her baby in a great danger,” he explained.
Mahmoud stated that pregnant women need to drink 3 to 4 liters of water per day to overcome high temperature and the high blood density in their bodies during pregnancy.
Pregnancy requires a balanced diet all day long, so stopping eating for a long time may cause severe growth problems to embryos besides increasing their heart rates.
“Gestational diabetes may also increase because of the long fasting hours in addition to inflammation of the urinary tract,” Mahmoud added.
The negative effects of fasting can also appear on the children on the long run; as they may suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, shortness or thinness.
The gynecologist stressed that fasting during the first months of pregnancy might cause a deficiency in the embryo’s mental skills on the long run.