Will fasting cause me to miscarry again?
Experts don't know if there is a link between fasting and miscarriage, as it isn't easy to tell. Most miscarriages happen in the first three months of pregnancy, but often a woman miscarries even before she realises that she is pregnant.
A previous miscarriage can make you feel worried during your next pregnancy. You're likely to be extra-cautious about your health, and may not want to strictly limit what you eat and drink by fasting.
Miscarriages happen to many women, for many different reasons. Most of the time, doctors aren't able to pinpoint the cause.
Sadly, loss in the first 12 weeks (early miscarriage) is very common. Perhaps as many as three-quarters of all fertilised eggs are lost in the very earliest days of pregnancy. After a positive pregnancy test, there's about a one-in-five chance of having an early miscarriage.
Fasting is only required if you feel healthy, so if you are worried that it could affect the health of your baby, you should be excused.
Pregnant women whose weight and lifestyle are generally healthy seem to cope better with fasting. You may be able to fast and still have enough calories, but it is hard to go for long stretches without food or fluid. This is especially the case if Ramadan coincides with the summer months, when the days are long and the weather is hot.
It is normal to feel uneasy about pregnancy after a miscarriage, but try to talk about how you feel with someone close to you. You can also contact the Miscarriage Association for support and further information. Or discuss fasting with other mums-to-be in our community.
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