We always hear how important it is to drink water during pregnancy. It seems like a daunting task. It also seems mildly annoying because it means we’ll just be using the bathroom that much more. I was curious…why is it so important. I’ve done some research and the results explain why staying hydrated is a must. Read below to find out why…
1. Water helps transport nutrients to the baby
Your body needs water to help it absorb all of the food & vitamins that you are taking in. It also helps to delivery all these good things to your growing baby. If you are dehydrated, it will make it more difficult for your body to do this.
2. Water helps from becoming fatigued & prevents headaches
These two symptoms (fatigue and headaches) are associated with being dehydrated, which is not what you want to be when you are pregnant. Drinking enough water can help your body have the extra energy it needs for moving around for two. It can also help keep headaches at bay.
3. Water reduces swelling
When you are pregnant, you already feel big enough…you don’t need to add swollen feet and hands to the mix. Drinking enough water is one way to reduce swelling. It sounds a little counter-intuitive. Putting more fluids into your system keeps you from swelling? Yes. Drinking water helps all the fluid in your body become more “movable”. When this happens your body is able to get rid of it.
4. Water helps with constipation
Drinking water can help prevent constipation, which is a fairly common thing during pregnancy. Drinking lots of water helps the bowls to move things along, preventing constipation.
5. Staying hydrated helps prevent false labor in the 3rd trimester
If you become dehydrated during the 3rd trimester, there is a chance your uterus will respond by contracting. This isn’t what you want to happen…especially because more often than not, these contractions don’t necessarily cause changes to your cervix. And if you aren’t close to your due date, you definitely don’t want any added risks.
6. Water helps with your increasing blood volume
When you are pregnant your blood volume increases almost by 50%. (Wow!!!!) In order to account for all that extra liquid, your body needs the water help in the process.
So- 6 great reasons why we need the extra water…now, how much do you really need? They say to take half your body weight and that’s your magic number. So (for easy math purposes) if you weigh 100 pounds, 50oz of water should be your daily intake. Now as you progress in your pregnancy, your weight will increase. As your weight increases, so should your water intake. Here are a few tips to help down all that H2O:
1. Keep a water bottle with you at all times.
2. Try adding fruit or lime/lemon juice to your water. A change in flavor may help.
3. Set a challenge- drink a certain amount before lunchtime, and the rest before supper time.
Do you need a good water bottle to help you down all those ounces?! Check this one out from Amazon. I have it and love it… it keeps water cold forever.