Unlike all other fasts that are kept in the Indian culture, where one is allowed to eat fruits and small meals, Karwa Chauth is one such fast where not even a sip of water can be taken until it’s broken. It is one of the most widely practiced tradition pan-India and this kind of fasting exercise is called ‘Nirjala vrats’ in Hindu culture.
Apart from this, most traditionalists believe that it is not good to break the cycle of keeping a Karva Chauth fast. This can put an expecting mother in the dilemma of whether or not she should keep the fast.
Here are some of the important tips that one needs to keep in mind while fasting during pregnancy if you happen to take that call.
Consult your doctor
One should always consult a doctor before keeping the fast during pregnancy. Since there is no valid research that proves that fasting while expecting is completely safe or not, it is always better to seek medical help. The Karwa Chauth fast does not allow you to intake water during the day. This might lead to dehydration, further causing a lot of physical discomforts. Thus, before taking a decision to fast or not, it is always advisable to consult your gynaecologist.
Although, unlike the usual Karwa Chauth fast, many intake milk and fruits in between, yet there are a few things one needs to be aware of. One should remember that pregnancy increases normal eating urges. Since a woman could be eating something or the other throughout the day at regular intervals during pregnancy, a diet consisting of just milk and fruits will seem like a fast to the pregnant woman. One should be prepared to experience acidity, fatigue, a severe headache, nausea, and dizziness.
One must try to keep the mind distracted by following the regular routine and by avoiding any kind of strenuous physical work. One can go for a long nap in the afternoon.