Dehydration means the body needs more care

Dehydration is an issue at any age, but it is more dangerous during pregnancy. When you're pregnant, you don't only need more water than normal, but your baby does as well. Water is necessary for life. It is essential for proper fetal development. That means staying hydrated is critical.

Causes of dehydration during pregnancy

Excessive sweating

Sweating is typical during pregnancy, but if the water is not replenished, it can lead to dehydration.

Diarrhoea

During the third trimester, you may experience spells of diarrhoea. This is due to hormonal changes as well as an allergy to specific meals that are essential for intestinal health. You may become dehydrated if you do not drink enough water during this period.

Morning weakness

Morning sickness affects around 50% of pregnant women, causing nausea, vomiting, increased urination, and sweating. All of these circumstances cause the body to lose water. Morning sickness is common in the first trimester and should subside in the second. Dehydration is also experienced as a result of repeated bouts of vomiting.

Weather

If you live in a hot or humid environment, your body will lose a lot of water. Turning up the air conditioner, on the other hand, might not be the best solution. Air-conditioned rooms have relatively little moisture, which may cause you to lose moisture via your lungs.

Age

One of the problems of pregnancy after the age of 35 is the body's inability to retain water. If you are pregnant and in your mid or late 30s, you need to drink an increasing amount of water to keep hydrated.

Increased Blood Flow

Approximately 50% of blood volume increase at the time of pregnancy in women. This is one of the major consequences of dehydration at the early phase of pregnancy. At this time, the body demands more water and will struggle to keep it.

What are the symptoms of pregnant dehydration?

When you are dehydrated, your body begins to display various symptoms. It's critical that you can identify them. Maternal hyperthermia is a typical symptom of dehydration. If you don't drink enough water, your body may struggle to regulate heat. You are more likely to overheat as a result of this. 

  1. When you are having dark yellow urine. 
  2. The mouth feels dry and sticky.
  3. Feeling sleepy
  4. Feeling thirsty
  5. Reduced need to urinate
  6. Headache
  7. Constipation
  8. Drowsiness

What Is the Importance of Hydration During Pregnancy?

  1. Water aids in nutrition absorption and delivery, waste disposal, digestion, and temperature regulation in the body. It even acts as a joint cushion.
  2. As a pregnant woman, you and your child require more water than the ordinary person. This is because water performs extra functions during pregnancy. Water, for example, is a crucial component of the placenta, which supplies, nutrition to your growing kid, as well as the amniotic sac, which cushions your baby throughout pregnancy.
  3. Dehydration happens when your body loses more fluids than it takes in. It might make it more difficult for the body to complete its usual activities, resulting in constipation and swelling.

Preventions to be taken for being hydrated in Pregnancy 

  1. Drink plenty of water and do so gently (and at frequent intervals). Drinking too much water too quickly might put undue strain on your kidneys.
  2. Consume one cup of water for every hour you are awake.
  3. Include drinks in your diet, as they contain high water content, soups, and fresh fruit juices are excellent sources. Make certain that the juice is produced at home and is sugar-free.
  4. Caffeine, soda, and sugary processed fruit juices should be avoided. These chemicals have a diuretic effect, which is harmful.
  5. Avoid hard exertion and going out in hot weather. You will lose a lot of fluids and put needless strain on your body.
References
  • https://americanpregnancy.org/womens-health/dehydration-pregnancy/
  • https://www.dignityhealth.org/articles/dehydration-during-pregnancy-what-expecting-mothers-should-know

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