Risks of Dehydration in Pregnancy

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Hydration During Pregnancy

Proper hydration ensures your body has sufficient fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you’re pregnant, your body is working overtime supplying nutrients for you and your baby, so remaining hydrated ensures that all those nutrients get delivered to you both. In addition to your normal functions, your body uses water in forming the placenta and amniotic sac. Simply put: you’re using more water, so you need to consume more. Learn about the symptoms of dehydration in pregnancy and steps you can take to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Symptoms of Dehydration

Dehydration symptoms can include:

  • Muscle cramping
  • Dark, odorous urine
  • Sleepiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Extreme thirst and
  • Fatigue

Additional Complications of Dehydration

Dehydration can lead to pregnancy complications including neural tube defects and low amniotic fluid. Further, Braxton-Hicks contractions are a one or two-minute tightening of the uterus which typically occur during the third trimester but can be triggered earlier in the pregnancy by dehydration.

As your pregnancy progresses, with increased blood flow to you and your baby, you’ll likely find your body temperature running higher than normal. Avoid overheating, which is easy to do during the hot summer months, as that can also contribute to dehydration.

Beverage & Foods to Stay Hydrated

Morning sickness, common in the first trimester, includes vomiting that can quickly deplete your fluids as well as other nutrients. Drinking plenty of water – eight to 12 glasses per day – is recommended to remain hydrated. Other beverages and foods to help stay hydrated include:

  • Natural fruit juices
  • Milk
  • Soups
  • Watermelon
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell peppers

Beverages & Foods to Consider Limiting

Due to the ingredients, these beverages and foods should be limited as they could contribute to dehydration:

  • Coffee
  • Certain teas
  • Carbonated soft drinks
  • Pasta
  • Chips
  • Fast food
  • Condiments
  • Desserts

Learn more about Baptist Health’s maternity care and remember to drink plenty of hydrating fluids and moderate your body temperature. If you’re experiencing dehydration symptoms, contact a Baptist Health healthcare provider.

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