Alhamdulillah, surprisingly I manage to do Ramadhan fasting while being 7 months pregnant and having the final exam for this semester.
I actually only gain benefits from fasting during Ramadhan in relation to my last term of pregnancy and final term exams. As for the pregnancy, I feel less heartburn and could sleep more comfortably. I noticed that consuming more intake of supplements and healthy snacks with less fat and salt would be advantageous. I consume dates (kurma) and dates extract (sari kurma) and I have been fasting for about a week now. Hopefully, I could complete this Ramadhan. When I was expecting my first son and breastfed him the next year, I did not even try to fast. And I regretted that knowing that I am actually able to. Since my first and this second pregnancy are not quite different, I don’t really have things to complain about (just have to listen to my body more often).
As for my final exam, I think I have better time management to study and to do the take home assignments. I find it funny but yes I could be more focused while not thinking about food. MasyaAlloh, what a blessing.
Two things that I always keep in mind is always to think positively/ optimistically and listen to my body whenever I feel slight discomfort. By having good suggestions, the baby I carry would have been accustomed to it. It was like when I was in my first son’s labor. I had few contractions and I did not have water broke. When I consulted to the ob-gyn, she said that I should be ready to deliver the baby but with the lack of amniotic water. If we were late just the next day, I would have delivered the baby via Caesarian. However, my husband encouraged me to have really strong faith in me and my baby that we could get through with the best possibility. Finally, I delivered my son after a shot of induction via IV and four hours of unimaginable energy intense process. I cannot describe the pain when he finally managed to get through the birth canal. I saw my husband cried. Then, the nurse put the baby onto my chest while the doctor and nurses cleaned up the mess down there.
Learning from my first pregnancy, I think I am not just lucky and blessed, but rather I realized that things I have invested way back before I am planning on raising a family are truly paid off. Although I was not that active on regular exercise, I had cycled from my university years and work until before marriage. Moreover, I do not like carbonated drinks, simply cannot afford to eat junk food often, and not a fan of staying up late.
Recently. I am more active than when I was in the office. I have to go up and down by stairs to attend classes and exams. In addition, my son is soooo active that the only time he could manage to be still is while he is sleeping. AND we are not having helper or babysitter to juggle with child-rearing, house chores, work, and school. I know these sounds surreal, but it’s real, many families could manage to do so and it was one of the investments to raise a happy, well-functioning, and solid family.