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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 71
Ramadan fasting in pregnancy

1 Medical Science, Medical Center, Shantou, China
2 Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China; University of Nis, Nis, Serbia; Joseph Ayobabalola University, Nigeria; Surin Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand

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Date of Web Publication25-May-2015

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Tin SS, Wiwanitkit V. Ramadan fasting in pregnancy. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:71

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Tin SS, Wiwanitkit V. Ramadan fasting in pregnancy. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Sep 25];8:71. Available from:
Dear Sir,

The report on "Ramadan fasting in pregnancy" is very interesting. [1] Firouzbakht et al. reported that "Midwifes and other health workers need to learn as much as possible about the multicultural best practices and research-driven information about fasting in order to help Muslim women make informed decision." [1] In fact, the issue about Ramadan fasting is widely discussed. Most of the problems are faced by diabetic patients. [2] Based on the present report, the important focus is whether this practice affects obstetric care or neonatal health, or not. The present report, for sure, cannot lead to the conclusion. This is a controversial issue. Some researchers such as Sakar et al. mentioned the possible adverse effects of fasting practice, [3] while others such as Dikensoy et al. proposed a null effect. [4] In fact, Ramadan fasting is only the "day fasting;" supplementation and intake can be performed at night. However, if the practitioners are concerned about the problems, some recommendations on the adjustment of the practice might be provided (although it does not seem necessary). It is suggested by Sakar et al. that "in the Islamic religion, pregnant individuals have the privilege of not fasting; therefore, they should consider postponing fasting to the postpartum period, especially in the summer season." [3]

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Firouzbakht M, Kiapour A, Jamali B, Kazeminavaei F, Taghlilin F, Gorji AM. Fasting in pregnancy: A survey of beliefs and manners of Muslim women about Ramadan fasting. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2013;6:536-40.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Sunni M, Brunzell C, Nathan B, Moran A. Management of diabetes during Ramadan: Practical guidelines. Minn Med 2014;97:36-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
Sakar MN, Gultekin H, Demir B, Bakir VL, Balsak D, Vuruskan E, et al. Ramadan fasting and pregnancy: Implications for fetal development in summer season. J Perinat Med 2014. [Epub ahead of print].  Back to cited text no. 3
Dikensoy E, Balat O, Cebesoy B, Ozkur A, Cicek H, Can G. Effect of fasting during Ramadan on fetal development and maternal health. J Obstet Gynaecol Res 2008;34:494-8.  Back to cited text no. 4

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Prof. Sim Sai Tin
Medical Center, Shantou
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.157635

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