Vitamin D and water intake during pregnancy

vitamin d and water intake during pregnancy

Eating healthy this week: Water and Vitamin D in pregnancy

Vitamin D during pregnancy

Vitamin D in pregnancy is required to regulate the levels of Calcium and Phosphate in your body to keep bones and teeth healthy. Insufficient Vitamin D could prevent your baby from getting sufficient calcium and phosphate causing her to develop weak bones and teeth. Vitamin D can also help fight infections and prevent diabetes.

You can get Vitamin D from the exposure to sunlight. Exposing your face and forearms to sunlight for 10-15 minutes each day should give you enough Vitamin D resources.

Oily fishes, red meat and egg yolk also provide some amount of Vitamin D.

You can also take Vitamin D supplements during your pregnancy but it is best to check with your doctor first as most multivitamin supplements contain Vitamin D already.

Water intake during pregnancy

Water is needed by the body to prevent dehydration. Water intake during pregnancy is doubly critical since dehydration can cause complications in the pregnancy such as headaches, nausea, cramps, etc. Dehydration can also trigger contractions that in turn trigger preterm labour in the third trimester.

Additionally, frequent consumption of water also provides relief from morning sickness, acidity, heartburn and indigestion. It eases constipation, haemorrhoids, edema and helps prevent urinary tract infections. It helps keep the body cool even in hot and humid conditions.

You need to drink about 3lts (8-12 glasses) of water or fluids each day. For every hour of light exercises you do drink an additional 1 glass of water. This daily requirement can also be met by drinking juices (but one must remember the additional calories being consumed)

If you have issues drinking plain water, you could add a wedge of lemon/ lime, let it infuse and then drink.