How much water should I drink while I’m pregnant?
Most adults know that they should be drinking a certain amount of water each day to promote better health, but many women are confused as to how or even if this requirement changes when they are pregnant. Getting enough water each day is as important, if not more important, while pregnant as it is for everyone else.
Pregnant women should get at least 64 ounces of water a day, more if they are moderately active, live in warm clients, notice they are thirsty after that much water, or are sweating more than they do when not pregnant.
Water is important during pregnancy for many reasons, including the following:
- It is an essential component of blood, which is the way that your body transports nutrients to the baby while he or she is in the womb
- Water helps to prevent bladder infections which are more common during pregnancy
- It can alleviate constipation and hemorrhoids, both of which are also common problems during pregnancy
- It prevents dehydration which is particularly important during the third trimester as dehydration can trigger premature labor during this period of your pregnancy
- Fluids are necessary to support the increased volume of blood during pregnancy. By the seventh month, your blood volume will be double what it normally is.
- It may reduce stretch marks and minimize dry skin.
- Sufficient water allows the kidneys to function properly, and they are under a great deal of stress while you are pregnant.
Make sure that you are getting enough water each day, it’s important for you and for the baby! Read more tips for having a healthy pregnancy by visiting our website.