How Important Is It To Stay Hydrated When You Are Pregnant?

We all know that water is the main composition of our body (60-65%). It is essential for a lot of biological processes that occur in our body and is even more so important during pregnancy.

Why is it important for a pregnant woman to drink water?

  1. Prevents infections: Drinking a lot of water dilutes the urine and reduces the chances of contracting any UTI, bladder infections or hemorrhoids.
  2. Combats dehydration: Adequate amount of water reduces the chances of getting dehydrated. Dehydration leads to cramps, nausea, dizziness, constipation etc and dehydration in the third trimester can lead to contractions and premature labor. It is important to know that the normal color of urine is pale or straw-colored and if your urine is dark, then you are dehydrated.
  3. Reduces edema: Drinking water reduces the swelling of your hands, legs, ankles, and feet that is seen during pregnancy. Water flushes out the sodium from your body and reduces edema.
  4. Maintains optimum amniotic fluid levels: The growing baby swims around amniotic fluid in your uterus. So, drinking an adequate amount of water maintains its level to the optimum.
  5. Helps in avoiding constipation: Drinking plenty of water every day avoids constipation caused by the sluggish bowel movements (due to hormonal changes) and consumption of iron supplements.
  6. Helps in weight loss and maintaining body temperature: Not having the right amount of water makes tend to overeat. Drinking water not only helps you satiate your appetite but helps in managing your weight. Also, as your core body temperature increases during your pregnancy, an adequate amount of water will help your body stay cool and avoid overheating.

How much water should you have when pregnant?

Having 3 – 3.5 liters (close to 10-13 glasses of water) is a good amount when pregnant.

If you are nauseous how can you have water?

We advise you to sip throughout the day than having 2-3 glasses at once. You can also have lime juice, fruit-infused water, buttermilk etc if you like.

Caveat: You can have tea and coffee, but it is recommended that you do not exceed your caffeine consumption to more than 200 milligrams/day ( as per the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)). Also, avoid sodas at all cost.

 

 

 

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Aishwarya

Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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