3 September 2014
Water plays a vital role in your pregnancy and beyond. Staying hydrated throughout your term is good for the health of both you and your baby.
There is near continuous debate on whether you should drink coffee, tea, sugary drinks or alcohol during pregnancy, and if so in what quantities and when. There is no debate though when it comes to the importance of drinking water in pregnancy. Drinking plenty of water when pregnant is essential.
There are numerous reasons to drink water regularly throughout your pregnancy. :
Some of the symptoms of dehydration can combine with the affects of your pregnancy and leave you feeling pretty lousy. Here are some tell-tale signs to look out for:
You can read more in our Symptoms of Dehydration blog.
At least 1.5 litres a day is recommended so that’s just over 2 and a half pints, or 8 glasses. If it is hot weather or you are exercising then increase your intake accordingly. You may find that you are unusually thirsty during the first trimester and end-up drinking plenty of water anyway. In the latter stages of your pregnancy, it is important to remember to still drink water even if you do not feel thirsty.
If you’re worried about not being able to drink sufficient water then we have put together these helpful tips on how to drink more water. It’s not about forcing down as many cups in one go, but taking regular sips throughout the day.
Around 90% of breast milk is made up of water. If you decide to breastfeed then you need to bear this in mind. Have a glass of water handy when you sit down to breastfeed so that you remain hydrated. There is no evidence that supports the claim that the more water you drink the more breast milk you produce.
Consider using a home water purification system to ensure that none of the contaminants in water affect you or your baby at this important time. Unfiltered water can contain bacteria and other harmful contaminants. For more information on how our scientifically-tested systems can help then call us today on 01179 109988.