Hey Pretty Mama,
I am often asked about how much water one should be drinking during pregnancy. Water in my book, whether you are active or not should not only be your best friend, but also your daily companion. (I know it does get old after a while, for some people, I add lemon or lime to mine to change it up a little).
We all need water in our lives. Did you know that roughly 70 per cent of your body is made up of water? Striking statistic, isn’t it?
How much water should you drink per day?
Around 2 litres (approximately 8 glasses) per day is how much you should be drinking. If you live or work in hot or humid conditions, then perhaps you need to take on more than this amount.
Do I need to drink more water if I’m exercising?
If you’re exercising during pregnancy, then yes, you may need more water before, during and after your workout session. Drinking water should form part of your exercise routine, so always have some handy wherever you may be exercising as well as in your gym bag.
What’s the best way to drink water?
During pregnancy, I’d suggest drinking water “little and often”, so drink small amounts, and sip regularly throughout the day. If you’re not a fan of drinking water on its own, perhaps you could switch to herbal teas, as these won’t dehydrate you. Caffeinated drinks like coffee, regular tea and green tea (yes, green tea has caffeine in it unless you buy the de-caffeinated version) will dehydrate you, so make the switch to plain water, or herbal teas instead. Experiment with the flavors would be my suggestion, as some you will like and some you won’t be able to drink. It’s personal choice, at the end of the day.
What happens if I don’t drink enough water?
Lack of water when exercising aerobically, or not drinking enough water when you’re in warmer environments can lead to dehydration. Remember: your baby is always hotter than you are, so if you don’t drink enough water, you’ll feel hotter yourself because your own body temperature will increase. Increased body temperature in pregnancy can decrease the nutrition flow to your baby and slows down your own circulation. Extreme dehydration has been known to cause premature labor.
Are frequent trips to the bathroom common?
Yes. In the early stages of pregnancy and late into your pregnancy, you’ll feel like you’re going to the bathroom every 5 minutes. I understand how frustrating, time-consuming and inconvenient this is. Despite this inconvenience though, it’s important that you do empty your bladder and drink water. If you get dehydrated, you may find that your skin will suffer and you could become constipated.
Are urinary tract infections common?
Yes, urinary tract infections are common if you are dehydrated. Having a urinary tract infection at the best of times is not great, but remember: you can’t generally take over-the-counter medicines whilst pregnant, so the best thing to do to avoid getting an infection, is to drink water.
How do I know if I’m dehydrated?
Apart from a feeling of being thirsty, the best test is to check out the color of your pee. Sounds a bit strange, but, if it’s not pale, then you’re not drinking enough water.
Hope this was helpful, so keep drinking up, water that is, and always be well, be fit, be strong and always confident.