Table 3 Mean values for fluid balance parameters in lactating (Lact) and nonlactating (NL) women measured over a 24 h period before, during and after Ramadan

From: Effects on health of fluid restriction during fasting in Ramadan

  Before Ramadan During Ramadan After Ramadan
Parameter Lact NL Lact NL Lact NL
Body mass (kg) 50.9 51.6
Body water content (% of body mass) 63.0 64.3 61.0 63.2
Body mass loss, 0700–1900 h       
 (kg) 2.5 2.0
 (% of total body mass) 4.9 3.8
 (% of total body water) 7.6 6.2
Water turnover rate (l/d) 6.93 6.40 4.44 5.56
  1. Data adapted from Prentice et al (1984).