So, now that you are pregnant, you get advise from all sides on what to eat, what not to eat and how much to eat. But at times, what gets lost is how much water is to be had each day. It is very important that you have an adequate amount, let’s read more on how much water is to be had by a pregnant woman and why.
So, how much water should you drink during pregnancy?
Scientifically speaking, it would be best if you would have 2.5 litres of water per day (about 2 to 3 litres). This would be an optimum amount for a mother-to-be to help her body carry out normal body processes.
So, why is water needed for a mother-to-be?
It should be known that mommies-to-be should be well-hydrated because:
- it is vital for the proper growth of the foetus
- it carries oxygen along with essential minerals and nutrients to the mother (and then to the baby)
- it transports prenatal vitamins to the developing baby
- it is one of the main components of breast milk, and is essential for its production
Then what are the benefits of taking adequate water for the mother?
- Helps in reducing headaches, nausea, fatigue etc
- In the third trimester, it lowers the chances of preterm labor and increased contractions.
- Reduces chances of UTI (urinary tract infection)
- Helps in digestion and in ease of bowel movement
- Reduces the chances of hemorrhoids
- Helps in alleviating the swelling of the legs
- Acts as a body thermostat (cools the body when needed)
- Helps in relieving heartburn and acidity
So, what are the sources of water intake that you can consider?
Apart from having the good ol’ conventional water, you have different ways to get that 2.5 liters of H2O in your body. These include:
- juices (fresh fruit and with no preservatives preferred)
- milk (either plain or in the form of shakes, coffee, tea, Horlicks, etc)
- lassi or buttermilk
- energy drinks or protein shakes (speak in advance to your doctor and then consume them)
- fruit infused water
So, how can you make sure that you are having an adequate amount of water when pregnant?
In order to see that you have an adequate amount of water during the day, the following things can be done:
- Drink a glass of water after each bathroom visit that you make
- See to it that you have a glass (or two of water) for every 2 hours
- Always have a bottle of clean, fresh water accessible to sip throughout whenever you feel parched
- Track your water intake per day or keep an alarm to help you
What are the common misconceptions of drinking water when pregnant?
- Does drinking water cause water retention? Some women during pregnancy, consume less fluid intake assuming it to be the cause of water retention. But in reality, reducing the water intake results in water retention.
- Can limiting water may reduce my nausea? It should be known that nausea may make women reduce their water intake and it does not work vice versa. In fact, drinking water in the right amounts helps manage the nauseous feeling when pregnant. In order to find a way to have water, try sipping small amounts than having a glass in one go. To make water more palatable, you could try out some alternatives (mentioned above) to make it easy for your system.
This was a brief explanation of how water is beneficial to women in their pregnancy. It is important to know that having safe and fresh water all times is key. And remember always carry your own bottle of water wherever you go!