Importance of Hydration

Keeping the body hydrated is always recommended. But there are some stages, where the requirement of water in the body is increased. Usually, this occurs during pregnancy.

Water plays an effective role in pregnancy. It acts as the body's transportation system and carries nutrients through the blood to the baby. It is also used to flush out the system and dilute the urine with water to avoid urinary tract infections,  common in pregnancy.

Dehydration during pregnancy can be very risky. In pregnancy, the tendency of hormones change, they tend to increase their water retaining capacity, and store the water in amniotic sack. In order to fight with the shortage of water, the mother has to drink almost one cup of water per hour. This is done to protect the baby within the womb. Dehydration may also cause contractions and premature labor in the third trimester, which may lead to many health risks to the newborn baby.

Till the eighth month of pregnancy, the thickness of the blood is doubled, it is necessary to drink even more water to compensate. Thicker blood leads to hypertension and other cardiovascular problems.

Pregnant women should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day, which is in addition to the normal intake of other recommended foods.

Other Advantages of Water:

  • Healthier skin
  • Less acne
  • Washing away of unnecessary sodium
  • Less chance for pre-term labor or miscarriage and better bowel movements
  • Prevents morning sickness.