Karva Chauth is more of a faith than just a ritual. Married women, especially from North India, follow this ritual in a wish for their husband's health and happiness. The faith is so deep that while observing this fast, many women don't sip even a drop of water until the moon is worshipped in the evening. Expecting mothers, thus often are in a fix, when it comes to this fasting ritual. It's an emotional choice between the want for their husband's well-being on one hand and the healthy growth of the little one on the other! For moms-to-be who are resolute about the fast, some of BabyChakra's MomStars from North India share some tips which could help ease it out:
To begin with, seek the guidance of your gynecologist before starting the fast as it may lead to hypertension and gestational diabetes. If you are in your first and third trimesters, it may be a little more difficult for you, but you can consider keeping a fast if you are in the second trimester (months 4-6).
In case you are keeping the fast, here's what you can do:
• A complete no-food, no-water fast is typically not recommended during pregnancy.
• You could start your day with sargi and a big glass of milk so that you are not left hungry after the night's break.
• Your body needs continuous energy so eat fruits and fruit juices every 2 hours. Hydration is important so consider coconut water.
• Pregnancy increases your normal eating urges. Since you would have been eating something or the other the entire day during your pregnancy, a diet consisting of just milk and fruits will seem like a fast to your body. If you experience acidity or fatigue at the end of the day, don't worry, it will get better as you resume your normal diet.
• Avoid high-calorie, fat-rich foods with excess sugar and salt to break your fast to keep problems such as gestational diabetes at bay.