Drinking water for your own health and that of your baby

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pregnantwomendrink Drinking at least 10 glasses of water each day during your pregnancy is essential to you and your baby’s health.  No matter what, you should avoid becoming dehydrated during pregnancy. 

Pitocin, a hormone produced by women who are going into labor, is much like another hormone that is produced by the body when people become dehydrated.  If you were to become dehydrated, your body could mistake the produced hormone for pitocin and go into early labor.



Why you and your baby need plenty of water during your pregnancy

Drinking at least 10 glasses of water each day will cause you to empty your bladder frequently and regularly.  This is important because it will flush out the urine you’ve in your bladder.



If urine sits in the bladder for a long period of time, bacteria develops.  The bacteria could be harmful to your own health and that of your unborn baby.  Make sure to urinate as soon as you feel the urge and try to empty your bladder as much as possible each time.

Drinking lots of water will go a long way towards the prevention of constipation and will keep your bowels working regularly.  Pregnant women become constipated very easily, in part because of the high levels of iron in their prenatal vitamins.  Drinking lots of water will also ensure that the vitamins and nutrients you are taking will flow to the baby.

During breastfeeding, women run the risk of dehydration because liquids are being drained from them by the baby.  Increasing water consumption will help to prevent this complication.




Helpful advice to consider during your pregnancy

Add lemon, lime, or any other natural flavoring to your water for a great, refreshing taste.  Drink a full 10 glasses of water each day during your pregnancy.

Keep bottled water in your refrigerator at all times so that you can take a bottle with you before you leave the house.  You should sip water throughout the day.  Avoid drinks that are sweetened with artificial sweeteners.  Fresh fruit juices and vegetables naturally contain water and can contribute to your daily water intake.



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