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Pregnancy / Hydration

Pregnancy / Hydration

The warm, sunny days of summer beckon all of us outdoors, but pregnant women need to be careful as they can easily become dehydrated in heat and humidity. Dehydration during pregnancy increases the risk for low amniotic fluid, premature labor and difficulty with milk production. So, be aware of these signs of dehydration:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Racing heart
  • Small amounts of dark urine
  • Constipation

The Institute of Medicine recommends pregnant women drink about 10 cups of fluid daily and breast-feeding women consume about 13 cups each day. One way to make sure you are well hydrated is to glance at your urine. It should be very pale or colorless. While fluid intake can come from a variety of foods and beverages, plain drinking water is one of the best ways to consume fluid as it has no calories.

http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/dehydration-pregnancy/

http://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/oligohydramnios.aspx

https://www.nap.edu/read/10925/chapter/6#152

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256?p=1