“A man can only survive for a day without water.” Growing up, we were all taught this saying while learning about the importance of drinking water. We have all heard our elders tell us that it is essential to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. As children, most of us brushed it off as our parents being hyper, but growing up, we have realized that maybe they had a point. If you re a mommy-to-be, the importance of drinking water increases doubly, especially during your pregnancy period. We can assure you that by the time you reach the end of this blog, you too will begin to preach the same lines to your friends and family that you have been listening to all your life!
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Now, we have all heard that it is very important to drink more water and increase your fluid intake during pregnancy. But why? If you are also one of the inquisitive people who like to know the exact reason as to why they are being asked to do certain things, you have come to the right place! We will answer all the frequently asked questions regarding fluid intake during pregnancy. So let’s begin!
This is the most commonly asked question in this regard. The reasons why you are required to drink more water during pregnancy are multiple. We will list some of the main reasons why the importance of fluid intake is amplified during pregnancy.
Water delivers essentials to your fetus:
We have often heard the phrase, you’re eating for two now! However, why must it be forgotten that you are also hydrating for two? Water essentially acts as a carrier for all those healthy nutrients that you have been consuming for the good health of your baby, to your fetus. It absorbs the nutrients into the blood cells and carries those blood cells right to your fetus to ensure the healthy growth of your baby.
Increase in the recommended daily intake of water:
As we said, you are now hydrating for two as well. So, it is obvious that your fluid intake will also have to increase than earlier. Ideally, 8 to 10 8 ounce glasses of water should suffice, but depending upon your activity and daily routine, it may vary. Therefore, it is always advisable to consult your doctor in this regard to get to know an exact figure.
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A significant amount of our fluid intake occurs through food. So, during pregnancy, it is all the more important to ensure healthy food habits. Consult a professional dietician to ensure sufficient fluid intake in your diet.
Water helps prevent all kinds of excretory complications:
Now if you’re eating for two, the waste produced in your body is also more. Sufficient fluid intake ensures the prevention of issues such as haemorrhoids and constipation. This is because the fluid dissolves the waste products and ensures the smooth flushing out of these products from your body. It also helps with keeping the urine sufficiently diluted, thereby preventing UTIs.
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Water helps with other physical ailments as well:
Pregnancy comes with its own set of physical ailments, such as fatigue, swelling, headaches, and overheating. Water helps with all this, by keeping the internal cooling system of the body functioning smoothly. Now, it is commonly said by pregnant women that they feel really hot, leading to a lot of sweat.
Now, logically, excessive sweating leads to dehydration, which may cause fatigue. You can combat that easily by consuming more quantities of water! Water consumption also helps control the amount of sodium in your body, which helps with swelling, another common complaint among pregnant women.
Now that you have understood the importance of fluid intake during pregnancy, you will obviously want to know how you can ensure proper fluid intake. Here are some tips:
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Now, after all that hard work and attention paid to your body, you would obviously want to know whether it has any effect on your body or not. How can you do that? It is quite simple. If your trips to the loo are increasing in frequency, you can be sure that all that water consumption is having an effect on your body. The colour of your urine is also a big factor.
If the urine is a pale yellow, almost colourless, then you can be sure that your body is getting a sufficient amount of fluids. Go ahead and fill that glass of water, and keep sipping it all day. Remember to stay hydrated for your baby!
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