For many of us having to take a glass of water per day is a lot of work not to mention the popular recommended 8 glasses of water per day.

The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day while the AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day. We lose water daily through our breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements, for a pregnant woman it may pose serious challenges because your body is having to work twice as much as it ought to do as it lose more fluid though sweat and urine thereby increasing its liquid intake.

Lack of adequate fluid in the body leads to dehydration; this is when your body dries out due to inability to retain or replenish lost fluid. The Natural Hydration Council, UK states that when pregnant or breast feeding a woman’s water requirements are higher than usual around 300ml and 700ml respectively.
Water is needed to form amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby, support the increase in blood plasma volume and produce breast milk all these indicators show that dehydration in itself must be taken seriously.

HOW DO KNOW YOU ARE DEHYDRATED?

When you are thirsty, which is the body’s way of saying it is low on fluids and needs to refresh itself.

Frequent migraines and dizziness while standing or bending over.

Dry skin and chapped lips.

Inability to urinate.

Smelly and colored urine.

Conditions caused by dehydration include:

Constipation – the body is unable to flush out any waste, thereby causing a clog in the system.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) -it is believed that drinking water helps flush out UTI bacteria from the body, inadequate water will cause it to thrive in the body.

Oliogohydramnios – when there is little amniotic fluid surrounding the baby which can be dangerous since the baby needs the amniotic fluid to develop.

Hypohydration – a severe form of dehydration where the body contains an inadequate volume of water for normal functioning.

Braxton Hicks contractions ( incorrect or false labor) –drinking more fluids is a first course of action to ease contractions.

Apart from not drinking water, other factors can contribute to dehydration in pregnancy such as vomiting brought on by morning sickness and humidity in the weather.

SO WHAT DO YOU DO?

It’s as simple as ABC, Drink lots of water daily to maintain proper hydration.

Please note that our posts are not to scare you, but to gently guide you towards making the right decisions that will ensure the safety of you the mother and that of your unborn child.

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