Religious fast does not precipitate birth: study

Lebanese researchers studied 402 women, half of whom were fasting. The fasting women were at no greater risk of preterm birth regardless of the gestational age of their baby.

“Since behavioural responses of Muslims to religious requirements are not always uniform, further research is greatly needed to investigate underlying cultural backgrounds and dietary habits, and evaluate their effects on maternal and fetal wellbeing,” the authors wrote.
BJOG 2012; online 25 July