If you don’t have enough water in your body, it simply won’t function correctly. This becomes much worse when a woman is pregnant because she needs water for two people. Water is responsible for transporting and exchanging all the nutrients between the mother and the baby, as such insufficient amounts of it could be very dangerous to both.Normally drinking around 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day is considered sufficient; however a pregnant woman needs much more. We lose almost 80-90 ounces of water a day and during pregnancy the woman needs to replenish the amniotic fluid of the baby every hour. This requires her to consume around 224 ounces of water a day.
There are many reasons for why it is absolutely essential for there to be ample water in the mother’s body. Besides being the main transport agent for nutrients across the placenta, water keeps the system clean. That is it dilutes the urine and prevents the chances of urinary infections other harmful diseases that can usually occur during a pregnancy.
The amniotic fluid that contains all the elements for the growth of the baby needs to replenish every hour. For this the water intake is drastically increased.
Having a dehydrated body can lead to painful contractions. In the third trimester it can even cause premature labor. In order to keep your body’s water retention to a minimum, the more water you intake, the lower it will be.
Shortage of water in the body can cause constipation, headaches and nausea. This combined with morning sickness and other common uncomfortable symptoms can make pregnancy a very unpleasant experience.
Stretch marks, another big worry for a lot of women, can be reduced and prevented with sufficient water intake. The body is made up of 98% water, that is why it is very important that you provide your body with all the water you can to stay healthy.
Dehydration itself causes a lot of unpleasant symptoms and is very risky for the mother and the baby’s health. No matter how balanced your diet is, you should always have water with you and keep drinking it even if you do not feel thirsty. It plays a much bigger role than quenching your thirst.