In the same way you need to eat more while pregnant, you also need more water. The Institute of Medicine recommends about 10 8-oz glasses of water (or the equivalent) a day, and more in a hot place like Hong Kong.
There are many reasons why it’s important to get enough water while you’re pregnant. Here are just a few:
- Water is how nutrients are passed to your baby
- Prevents urinary tract infections, constipation and hemorrhoids, which are all more common among pregnant women
- Dehydration in the last trimester can lead to pre-term labor
- Staying hydrated can prevent swelling and preeclampsia
It’s not always easy to get water in your system during pregnancy. Between morning sickness, the constant need to use the toilet, and feelings of bloating, drinking more water may be the last thing on your mind. Try infusing lemon or lime in your water to help with nausea and make drinking water more appetizing.
While you increase your water intake for both you and your baby, remember the importance of drinking and using healthy, filtered water.
Dr. Mira Aubuchon, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine commented in a Babble article: “Yes, there are chlorinated by-products in tap water that in some small studies have had some negative effects [on the health of the baby]…” These potentially harmful by-products are not absorbed simply from drinking water, but can be inhaled, such as when you’re in the shower, or through skin contact, like when you wash your hands.
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