“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!
Why is it important to drink more water during pregnancy?
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.
How can I ensure proper fluid intake during pregnancy?
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:
- Think about it, once your child is born, you will always boil the water you give to them to ensure that it is completely safe for consumption. So, why not start earlier? Make sure that the water you consume is completely safe for your baby too. The most fool-proof method of doing so is simply boiling the water before consumption.
- Water is not the only drink you can use to hydrate your body. As long as it is healthy, you can consume other fluids too to ensure sufficient fluid intake in your body. Soups, home-made juices, and milk can also be used to maintain the fluid intake for a pregnant woman. Avoid drinks with artificial sweeteners and extra calories. As long as your drink is non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic, you’re good to go!
- Carry a bottle of water with you everywhere you go. This is the simplest way to make sure that you remember to drink water throughout the day. Stuff a bottle in your handbag, or your car; basically just keep one within your eyesight and avoid the idea of out of sight, out of mind!
- Most women complain that drinking that much water leaves them feeling too full and lethargic during their pregnancy. A simple solution to avoid this is to make sure that you sip your water throughout the day. Drink small quantities at frequent intervals, instead of drinking large quantities of water with long gaps in between.
- With the advancement of technology, we have become very dependent on it. Now that we are already dependent on it, why not put it to some good use? Use your phone to put reminders to drink water at regular intervals. There are many apps available these days that remind you to drink water and keep a log of the amount of water you consume in a day. Now is the best time to make use of these apps!
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How do I know that I am drinking enough water?
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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