Whether you’re pregnant or not, your body needs water to function properly. However, drinking water during pregnancy is twice as important and critical to the health of you and your new bundle of joy.
Water is responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients to our cells, tissues, and organs, staying hydrated ensures that essential nutrients are being transported to meet the developmental needs of your growing baby. Drinking water also helps preserve an adequate level of amniotic fluid and even aids fetal kidney function by facilitating the amount of waste your baby’s kidneys filter.
Water can also help keep the aches and growing pains associated with being pregnant at bay, as it helps prevent dehydration —a main contributor to the headaches, cramping, and dizziness you may experience during pregnancy.
Some women even claim that drinking water helps alleviate morning sickness, heartburn, and indigestion. Hydration becomes especially important during the third trimester because dehydration can trigger contractions that can lead to preterm labor.
A common sign of dehydration is “maternal overheating.” Having adequate water in your system will help you regulate your body heat; however, if you are not drinking enough water during pregnancy, you can be prone to overheating. A sign of being well-hydrated is having a clear urine color, as opposed to dark yellow.
A pregnant woman needs, on average, approximately 10 cups (2.3 liters) of fluid per day.
Around 80 percent of expectant mothers experience some form of morning sickness during pregnancy. Some women feel sick all day, while others merely feel queasy before eating breakfast. Certain symptoms, including vomiting, increase your risk of dehydration. Because dehydration can aggravate nausea, proper hydration may help relieve some symptoms of morning sickness. Signs of dehydration include dry mouth, urinating less frequently, dizziness and cracked lips. Consult your physician if you experience signs of dehydration or are unable to keep fluids down.
If you make it a priority to stay adequately hydrated over the next nine months, you’ll be setting your little one up for a healthy life outside the womb. So here’s to you and your little one cheers to a healthy pregnancy!
Foods to Keep You Hydrated during Pregnancy
Watermelon Water content: 92%
With “water” in its name, of course, this fruit makes the list! Watermelon is a great way to add more fluid to your day. Enjoy watermelon slices or dice and toss with fresh mint, crumbled feta cheese, and a splash of balsamic vinegar for a refreshing snack.
These little berries provide bountiful nutrition but also supply a solid amount of water too. At 91 percent water, it’s smart to add this naturally hydrating food to salads, yogurt parfaits, smoothies, cereal, and more.
Cucumbers Water content: 95%
Looking for a little crunch with your hydration? Try cucumbers! They supply plenty of water and taste great in your Greek salad, as a dipper for hummus, or as an addition to your taco.
Water content: 85%
How about a little protein to go with your water? Yogurt supplies a healthy dose of non-meat protein, along with bone-building calcium and water. Top it with fresh berries for even more nutritious hydration.
Lettuce Water content: 95%
If staying hydrated is a struggle for you, get in the habit of bringing a water bottle with you everywhere you go. Having a water bottle handy throughout the day will remind you to stay hydrated and challenge you to drink the recommended amount of water each day.