We've all heard for many years now that you should aim to drink eight glasses (8-ounce) of water per day. And there are so many benefits to staying hydrated. But I want to answer the question - How much water should a pregnant woman drink?
While drinking 8 glasses a day is still a good general guide; I recommend that you pose this question to your Dietitian or doctor to see what is best for you given your personal nutritional requirements.
They will be able to help you identify exactly how much water you should drink based on your requirements, body size and weight.
When you are participating in a pregnancy exercise class; it is important you have a bottle of water close by so you can drink when required. This will help to prevent dehydration.
Plain drinking water helps you to maintain a healthy body weight when pregnant. Try replacing a can of soda (soft drink) or another drink high in sugar with water.
When you don't drink water, your body and its organs can't function properly. Water is important for most body processes to function efficiently.
1. Prevents dehydration.
2. Lubricates your joints.
3. Protects your spine.
4. Helps to maintain a healthy pregnancy weight.
5. Every system in your body needs water to function.
6. Helps you eliminate waste through urine, sweat, and bowel movements.
7. Regulates your body temperature.
8. Keeps your skin looking healthy.
How much water should you drink during pregnancy?
Daily fluid intake recommendations vary by:
2. Activity level
3. Stage of Pregnancy
4. Current health status (if sick, you may need to drink more water)
Institute of Medicine (IOM) currently recommends: Women - 2.7 liters (19 and older)
If you are pregnant, your recommendations change so please consult your doctor for guidelines for your individual needs.
Pregnant women of all ages should aim to drink ten 8-ounce glasses (80 ounces) of water each day.
Especially in hot conditions, drinking water can prevent dehydration. Dehydration is a condition that can cause your body to overheat, cause constipation, and even kidney stones.
When pregnant, you must avoid over-heating, so try to avoid being outside in hot temperatures.
Your body is always using fluids through actions like sweating and urinating so if you start to deplete water consumption, then dehydration can occur.
This results in your body losing more water or fluid than it takes in.
2. Confusion or unclear thinking
3. Mood changes
Drinking plenty of water each day will go a long way in helping your to improve your health.
But can you drink too much?
Yes, you can, but your first goal is to prevent dehydration.
As with anything, too much of anything can pose new problems so drinking excessive amounts is not what is recommended.
Drinking too much water can result in Hyponatremia which is when your sodium levels decrease.
4. Nausea or vomiting
6. Muscle spasms
7. Muscle cramps
8. Muscle weakness
Did you know that foods can make up around 20 percent of your total fluid requirements each day? Therefore what you eat is also important.
So, along with drinking water, you should try and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
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1. Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go.
2. Make it a part of your daily routine to drink water with each meal.
3. Replace sugary drinks with water.
Make sure you buy a bottle that is BPA free as research has been shown that the chemicals that go into making these bottles can be toxic.
Your health and that of your baby's depends on you making the right decisions!
From my planning for pregnancy plan, pregnancy workouts, Core Rehab for Mamas program to my Stronger Mama Challenge; I have a program to help you be a healthy, fit and strong mama for life!
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