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Is there an ideal Iftar for women?

There's no ideal Iftar, but you could start with:

* three dates and fruit juice to bring your sugar levels back to normal
* semi-skimmed milk or laban
* clear-based soup

Then eat a well-balanced meal that may include:

* Salad or fatoush.

* Protein from chicken and other meat or fish, or lentils, chickpeas or beans.

* Complex carbohydrates from brown rice, wholemeal pasta and wholewheat bread.

* Plenty of vegetables.

Avoid eating rich, high-fat foods, such as parathas, as these don't contain the nutrients that you and your baby need, and will probably give you indigestion. Instead you could choose baked samosas, or chapattis made without oil (NHS 2010).

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