Hydration is super important during, throughout, and even after pregnancy. I feel like a broken record when I repeat “DRINK WATER” a million times throughout my posts but it really is that important! Growing up, I was more of a sweet tea/soda drinker. Being from the south, I would never choose water over sweet tea… that would be crazy! However, with my first pregnancy, I did switch to decaf tea but still no water. I would feel awful and was constantly dehydrated. It wasn’t until after I had my daughter that I knew I had to make some changes. The first change, drop the tea and soda. From that moment on I was strictly a water drinker. I started feeling better and noticed a lot of changes in my skin. It wasn’t easy and took my 28 years but I did it. Now that I’m pregnant with my second, I feel SO much better than I did with my first.
Why is Water Important during Pregnancy?
During pregnancy, your body needs water to form amniotic fluid, which is the fluid surrounding the fetus. It protects the baby. Water also helps form the placenta, which carries nutrients to baby during pregnancy. Water is needed to produce extra blood, build new tissue, carry nutrients, help indigestion, and flush out wastes as well. When your body is well hydrated it can also help ease constipation, which can help prevent hemorrhoids. Water is also very important after the baby is born because it helps boosts moms’ milk supply.
How Much Water Should You Consume?
On average, pregnant women need about 10 cups (2.3 liters) of fluid per day. If you are also exercising, you need to add more to your daily intake. Milk, fruit juice, soup, sparkling water, vegetable juice all count towards your fluid intake. If consuming plain water is tough, try adding fruit to your water to spice things up. Adding lemon, cucumber, mint, or strawberries helps keep things from getting to bland!
Symptoms of Dehydration:
- Dry mouth
- Feeling thirsty
- Decreased need to urinate
- Extreme thirst
- Excessively dry mouth
- Very dark urine
- Little or no urine
- Rapid heartbeat
- Low blood pressure
Dehydration symptoms can have major affects on the mom and baby. It can lead to many complications such as, neural tube defects, low amniotic fluid, inadequate breast milk production, and even premature labor. If your urine is colorless or light yellow, you are probably doing a great job at staying hydrated. Drinking tons of water can be difficult but the benefits are worth it!