Water – the wonders of water!
Water, is the essence of life and you want to drink plenty of water when you are pregnant. Why so much water? To avoid getting dehydrated. Before we talk about dehydration and pregnancy let us visit 3D4D5D ultrasounds and water. The more you drink water this will help your 3D4D5D photos pop! The more fluid the better chance for incredibly awesome photos of your precious treasures.
Dehydration and pregnancy is difficult on both mommy and baby. Water plays a critical part in healthy fetal development. That means staying properly hydrated is a must. Your body is using water in greater amounts during your pregnancy. Dehydration is automatically a concern if you aren’t taking care to replace lost fluids.
How much water should I drink? According to the Institute of Medicine, pregnant women need to drink TEN (10) 8-ounce glasses of water per day. When you are pregnant 10X8 which means 10 – 8-ounces of water per day. When you are pregnant you need to drink more fluids for extra blood and anamonic fluid. A good intake of water will keep all your internal systems running well and helps your body remove waste. Waste in the kidneys dissolves in water and is flushed out via urine. This lowers your chance of urinary tract, bladder, and kidney infections.
If you’re dealing with morning sickness that makes it difficult to keep anything down, dehydration becomes even more likely. Vomiting can lead to a lack of fluids and electrolytes, plus the loss of stomach acid. As you move further into your pregnancy, you want a healthy diet as overeating can be another precursor to dehydration. Other common causes of dehydration include:
- vigorous exercise, particularly if the weather is warm
- intense diarrhea
- excessive sweating
- not drinking enough water – during pregnancy it is recommended to drink 10 – 8 fluid ounces of water a day.
What are the signs of dehydration?
- Maternal overheating can be a common sign of dehydration. If you aren’t drinking enough water, your body may have trouble regulating heat. This makes you prone to overheating.
- Dark yellow urine is another cautionary sign. Clear urine means you are hydrating well.
Mild to moderate dehydration can also cause these symptoms:
- dry, sticky mouth
- feeling thirsty
- decreased need to urinate
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, drink water, and rest if you can. It’s also a good idea to call your doctor and explain what you’re feeling.
How to avoid dehydration
- Drink the recommended 10 to 12 – 8 ounce glasses of water a day
- If you have indigestion – try drinking your water between meals as drinking with your meals may make your indigestion worse
- If you are vomiting from morning sickness, try drinking plenty of fluids when you aren’t feeling nauseated. In cases of extreme morning sickness that make it impossible to keep any fluids down, speak with your doctor.
- Avoid caffeine, which can increase your need to urinate. Water is ideal, but you can also drink milk, natural fruit juices, and soup.
Your body and your baby crave water during this incredibly special bonding time. Take care of you and your baby with a simple glass of water.
Preparing for your 3D4D5D ultrasound — since you are already drinking your recommended 1 gallon of water a day when pregnant you are all set. If for some reason you were not able to drink the 12- 8 ounces glasses of water a day ensure you do at least 5 days prior to your 3D4D5D ultrasound so you can see your baby’s face features.
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