Dehydration in Pregnancy – Watch Out

Dehydration in Pregnancy

Dehydration in Pregnancy - Watch Out

In week 15 of your pregnancy the body’s requirement for water increases. The increased demand is for production of the amniotic fluid as well as for the increased amounts of blood. During one’s pregnancy it is common for one to become dehydrated really fast owing to the hormonal changes in the body and physical changes.

Some common reasons of dehydration in pregnant women could be – intake of insufficient amounts of water, diarrhoea and/or morning sickness.

Dehydration during pregnancy is not safe and could lead to a lot of distress.

Effects of dehydration during pregnancy:

  • A feeling of nausea. Now if you do have morning sickness this could become a vicious cycle.
  • Constipation
  • Muscle cramping, fatigue, etc.
  • Urinary Tract infection. The susceptibility to UTI is very high in pregnant women and dehydration just increases the risks.
  • Lower amounts of amniotic fluid. The foetus is supposed to be floating in the uterus and low amounts of amniotic fluid could mean the baby lies against the uterus instead of floating in it. This could lead to arms or legs deformities in the foetus.
  • Premature Labour. Dehydration is one of the common reasons why contractions could be triggered early.

Additional water is required all the more for those experiencing hot and humid conditions.

Many would think drinking too much water would increase water retention by the body. This is not true, the fact is that the more water you drink now the less the body will retain.

Ensure you have at least 1.5-2lt of water now. Drinking these increased quantities is not going to be easy if you never were one to drink a good amount of water usually. Also the frequent urination could make you decide to cut down on water intake. Not a sensible thing to do, what you could do rather is detailed below.

Tips to manage dehydration in pregnancy:

  • Add a little lemon or lime to the water
  • Fluids like milk, juices, decaffeinated drinks all add to the fluid intake
  • Keep a jug of 2lt of water and try finishing it by bed-time

Keep all these things in mind and remember to constantly carry water or any liquids with you at all points in time so you can keep sipping on it, and you should be set!