Pregnancy, Hydration & Filtered Water
Pregnant or not, water plays a vital role in keeping you healthier. It is one of the most important fluids required by your body and vital organs to function properly.
During pregnancy, your body needs more water to cope with the demands of your changing body. Water is essential for healthier blood cells and for the rehydration of tissues. Water is also a key component of breast milk -- and essential for good lactation.
Water is primarily required to keep your body hydrated. Drinking enough water prevents dehydration. Dehydration during pregnancy can lead to a host of complications including headaches, water retention, nausea, cramps, edema and dizziness. This is especially important in the third trimester when dehydration can actually cause contractions that can trigger preterm labor.
The best way to tell if you are dehydrated is to check the color of your urine; if its dark you need to drink more, its pale colored you are fine.
Some women find that drinking water at regular intervals helps relieve symptoms of morning sickness, heartburn and indigestion. It also helps in keeping your body cool and maintaining your temperature -- especially in the hot and humid months.
It also helps prevent urinary infections, which are common during pregnancy. If you drink enough water, your urine will stay diluted, reducing your risk of infection.
Water also eases constipation, hemorrhoids and edema. Although it may seem counterintuitive, the more water you drink during pregnancy, the less water your body will retain.
How much Water to Keep Hydrated?
However, to meet the increased demands of your body during pregnancy, you need to drink about ten to twelve glasses daily. Add another glass of water for an hour of light exercise. Increase a glass or two during the summer months to make up for fluid lost due to perspiration.
Juices can contribute to your fluid intake, but keep in mind that they can also provide a lot of extra calories. Avoid counting caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, colas, and teas as part of your fluid intake because they're diuretics -- they make you urinate more so you actually lose water.
Why Filtered Water?
It is essential to ensure that you drink safer, cleaner water at all times. Find out what your local water supply is like, and only drink filtered water. Unfiltered or water not boiled may carry a host of contaminants, bacteria and viruses may cause serious infections and health risks.
Remember to stop for a quick drink of water throughout the day. Every little bit of water helps ensure a healthy pregnancy.