WATER AND PREGNANCY
There are so many “rules” when it comes to pregnancy. But one rule not every pregnant woman follows is the recommended guidelines for water intake!
It is twice as important for a woman to stay sufficiently hydrated during pregnancy. This will ensure proper body function as well as transporting essential nutrients to your growing baby. Water also helps preserve an adequate level of amniotic fluid and even aids fetal kidney function.
Drinking enough water can even prevent UTI’s and constipation and will help with headaches, swelling and fatigue. Some women have even found that drinking water helps alleviate morning sickness!
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The Institute of Medicine says pregnant women should drink 12-13 (8 ounce) glasses of water each day – that’s three liters! That’s not including if you’ve been exercising (for every hour of light exercise,
add another glass of water) or the extra water needed during the hot summer months.
How can you tell if you’re drinking enough? If you’re frequenting the ladies room and your urine is pale or colorless, you’re drinking is on the right track.
ADD A LITTLE FLAVA!
If you’re not a fan of plain water, try adding a wedge of lemon. Lemon not only can help with nausea, but will give you that refreshing taste!
Some other fruity and delicious options: Oranges, Apples, Cucumber, kiwi, pineapple and peach! Try mixing different fruits or freeze them to use as flavored ice cubes! Yum!
If you’re looking for a little more kick, add a sprig of mint, or if you’re missing your martinis, throw some frozen olives (with brine) in sparkling water!
You may be tempted to drink soda or juices, but those sugars are absorbed very quickly into your blood during pregnancy. Then, to maintain your normal blood sugar levels, your body will need to release a large amount of insulin – who needs those empty calories anyway?
SAFETY PROOF YOUR DRINKING WATER
It always a great idea to assess the cleanliness of your drinking water – especially when pregnant. Some of the water you drink from public water systems may be considered safe to drink, but also might have high levels of lead, mercury and arsenic!
To prevent the risks of waterborne diseases or exposure to harmful chemicals, drink filtered or boiled water. Unfiltered water may carry a host of contaminants, bacteria and viruses.