The Importance of Hydration during Pregnancy

 

Most women tend to pay a lot more attention to nutrition and diet during pregnancy than at other times in their lives. After all, your eating choices don’t just impact you; they impact your developing baby. One of the most often-overlooked concerns related to nutrition during pregnancy is hydration.

During pregnancy, you need about an extra 300-500 calories each day. You also need an additional 300-700ml of water each day. Hydration is especially a concern during the first trimester of pregnancy, when many women struggle with morning sickness and its more severe variant, hyperemesis gravidarum.

Fresh Tap WaterHere are some facts about hydration during pregnancy that you need to know:

  • According to one study, the lowest average water intake during pregnancy is usually in the first trimester. Women take in an average of 2182 milliliters per day during that time, compred to 2466 milliliters per day during the third trimester.
  • During pregnancy you should increase your water intake by around 300 ml/day. When you’re breastfeeding, you need to up that to an extra 700 ml/day. (The average water intake recommended for people in general is 2000 ml/day.
  • Women who don’t take enough water in during pregnancy are likely to experience an increase in certain pregnancy symptoms, such as constipation during the third trimester and morning sickness during the first trimester.
  • Consuming enough water during pregnancy helps to prevent urinary tract infections. While researchers aren’t sure exactly how much water you need to take in to help, studies have demonstrated that water consumption helps with the elimination of bacteria in the urinary tract.
  • According to one study, taking in adequate water during pregnancy can help to prevent a problem known as oligohydramnios. This is a condition where there is less amniotic fluid surrounding your growing baby than normal, which can lead to pregnancy complications.
  • Water is the best source of hydration for pregnant women. It’s all natural and it helps you avoid extra calories and caffeine that are found in coffee and soda pop.

Make sure your pregnancy is a happy and healthy one. Track your water intake, and make sure you’re getting enough for both you and your baby to flourish.

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