The importance of staying hydrated
Adequate hydration is important both during pregnancy and after birth, to help meet the bodies changing needs. Water is needed to help form to amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby and support increases in blood plasma volume during pregnancy. Later on, if you choose to breast feed, water is important to help produce breast milk, which is about 90% water.
If you are very sick in the eary stages of pregnancy, fluid losses may leave you feeling tired and sometimes headaches may set in. So, try sipping small amounts of water regularly throughout the day. In cases where hyperemesis gravidarium is experienced (a medical condition characteristed by acute vomiting) dehydration symptoms may occur. In these intances women should always visit their doctor, or health practitioner for advice about the best way to hydrate.
Overall, in pregnancy it is recommended that women should increase their daily water intakes by an extra 300ml per day (about one large glass extra a day). This is on top of the 2000ml (2 litres) recommended by European authorities. The 2.3 litres of water recommended for pregnancy can also come from other fluids and some foods . Things like herbal teas, squashes, fruit juices and water-based foods, such as soups, stews, yoghurts, melon and cucumber are all good sources of water.
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Some healthy hydration tips:
- Sip small amounts of water regularly throughout the day, and after you have been sick.
- Water is a good beverage choice as it is a natural way to rehydrate without consuming added calories, sugars, or caffeine.
- Drinking herbal teas, squash and low-fat milk are other good ways to hydrate.
- Water-rich foods such as soups, stews, yoghurts and certain fruits and vegetables can help to top up daily water intakes.
- Intakes of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages should be reduced during pregnancy and after birth.