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Benefits of Drinking Water during Pregnancy

Drinking plenty of water during pregnancy can help you to keep pregnancy related health issues at bay. Read on to know more about the benefits of drinking adequate amount of water during pregnancy.

If you are pregnant, then the best drink for you is water! There are other fluids also, like milk, fruit and vegetable juices, soups etc, – they are all great choices. But water is the best because you can enjoy numerous benefits drinking plenty of water during pregnancy.

Importance of Water Intake during Pregnancy

Are you wondering why drinking water is so important when you are pregnant? Have a quick look at the importance of drinking water during pregnancy.

Water Facilities Easy Absorption of Nutrients

Water eases the absorption of essential nutrients into the cells and tissues. It transports vitamins, trace elements, minerals, and hormones to the blood cells, which then reach the placenta.  It allows the flow of hormones throughout the body thus making sure there is no imbalance of hormones your body when you are pregnant.

Water Helps to Lubricate

Water lubricates the thick cushion-like endometrium that nourishes the embryo. It also stimulates circulation around the embryo enhancing its quality. When the embryo grows and transform into a whole body, it would need a deep swimming pool to nestle in. Water helps in maintaining this amniotic fluid balance making sure your baby is happy and healthy.

Water Helps to Remove the Toxins

Due to physical changes, hormonal changes, and intake of iron supplements, the bowel movements in a pregnant woman get sluggish. Water allows the solid wastes to move speedily through yours and your baby’s digestive path, and prevents you from constipation and indigestion during pregnancy. Water also dissolves the waste products and helps flush them from the kidneys, thus detoxifies the body and keeps the baby clean and healthy.

Water Helps to Beat the Heat

Your body becomes hotter when you are pregnant, and water acts as a cooling system running smoothly even when your temperature is high outside dispersing excess heat in the form of sweat. It is also dangerous for the baby if your inner temperature is high, so cool yourself down with water and keep heat stroke and exhaustion at bay.

Water Prevents Skin Problems during Pregnancy

Drink more water to keep your skin hydrated, smooth and glowing. Pregnancy hormones can riddle your face with pimples. Increase your water intake to relieve the discomfort of pimples, dry, itchy or scratchy skin and get a clear complexion.

Water Helps to Avoid Swelling

Water-weight is a myth; reality is that drinking plenty of water controls excessive water retention. Water keeps the liquid flowing in your body instead of accumulating in one place and thus prevents you from edema and being a puffy mom. Water flushes out the sodium, minimizing the swelling. Drinking water also prevents you from overeating, thus you can control your excessive weight gain.

Water Prevents Dehydration

Dehydration during pregnancy causing headaches, cramps, dizziness, and nausea is very common in pregnant women. If you keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water, these complications can be easily avoided.

Water Helps to Avoid Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections are common in pregnant women. You can prevent it by diluting yourself with plenty of water. You can check the colour of urine and understand if you need more water. If the colour of urine is not normal i.e. amber or light yellow, or if the colour is dark yellow, then you must increase your water intake to prevent infections.

Water Enhances Breast Milk Production

Drink plenty of water to produce adequate breast milk and keep it flowing properly.With so many advantages, water is the best drink for you during pregnancy. Now you have to keep yourself hydrated for two, so you need to drink at least 3 liters (10-12 glasses) of water every day. The best way is to fill three 1 liter bottles of water and finish them by the end of the day.

How much water should be consumed by pregnant women? Which health issues can be prevented during pregnancy by drinking plenty of water? Can too much of water intake during pregnancy prove fatal? Discuss here.

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Arpita.4 years ago
Drinking lots of water is very good during pregnancy. However, the only thing is that we need to go to the loo frequently.
Sharanya.4 years ago
Is it safe to drink more than 3 liters of water during pregnancy? Can drinking excessive amount of water harm the baby?
Suneeti.4 years ago
It is very important to drink water during pregnancy. Digestion becomes very slow during pregnancy and drinking plenty of water is beneficial for supporting digestion
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