You know that you need to drink eight cups of water every day. But did you know that you need even more fluid when you're pregnant? |
Water has many important functions in your body, including:
Good old H2O also can serve as a miracle elixir of sorts, helping to alleviate numerous discomforts. Sounds impossible, but you may feel better during your pregnancy by drinking more water. Drinking more water can ease some of the common discomforts that women experience during pregnancy-including headache, constipation, hemorrhoids, uterine cramping, heartburn, nausea, and bladder infections. Strange as it might seem, the more water you drink, the less likely that you'll retain that water. (That's great news if you're plagued by pudgy fingers and swollen ankles!)
Pregnant women should consume a minimum of 8 - 12 cups of water each day. Drinking water is the best way to meet the body's fluid needs. However, other food sources can be used to help supplement, such as fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and soup. Do not use tea, coffee, and soda to hydrate your body. They contain sodium and caffeine that can have a diuretic effect. This will then increase your water need.
Thirst is not a good indicator of water need. An easy test to see if you are drinking enough water is to check the color of your urine. Dark yellow urine should only be noticed with the first urination of the morning. The rest of the day your urine color should be pale yellow to clear in color. If not, then drink up!
This article was reviewed by Tanya Jolliffe, a BabyFit healthy eating expert.
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