Dehydration is when your  body loses more water than you are taking in. It  is a serious health concern especially during pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman needs more water than an average person. This is because water is important for the healthy development of the baby. Water helps in the formation of the placenta which sends nutrients to the baby. It is also used to form the amniotic sac later in pregnancy. Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can increase your risk of being dehydrated.
 

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What are the signs of dehydration ?

 

Dehydration can result in “maternal heating” .  Staying well hydrated is good for regulating your body temperature. Dehydration increases your risk of overheating.

 

Other signs of dehydration include :

  • increased thirst
  • urine that is dark yellow
  • dry mouth or nose
  • nausea
  • headaches
  • constipation
  • fatigue
  • decreased urine output
  • lack of concentration
  • urinary tract infection

 

What is the effect of dehydration on my pregnancy ?

 

Dehydration can result in serious pregnancy complications such as low amniotic fluid, neural tube defects, insufficient breast milk supply and premature labor. All these complications may in turn lead to birth defects.

 

How can I prevent dehydration during pregnancy ?

 

To stay well hydrated, you need to drink  lots of water ( about 8 to 10 glasses a day ). You can take sips of water throughout the whole day, You can also suck on ice cubes. You may also eat foods high in water such as fruits and vegetables

 

You should  avoid caffeinated drinks since they  increase your urine output and this may lead to dehydration.

 

You should also avoid activities such as strenuous exercises and  spending lots of time in a hot environment. These  may lead to overheating and as a result make you dehydrated.

 

As your healthcare provider for safe exercises your may engage in.

 

Content Sources
Dehydration during pregnancy. American Pregnancy Association . http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/dehydration-pregnancy/. Accessed October 14 , 2014
 

Dehydration. Mayo Foundation. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/basics/definition/con-20030056. Accessed October 14, 2014
 

Dehydration. National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000982.htm. Accessed October 14, 2014

 

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