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Q&A: Staying hydrated during pregnancy?

I know I’m supposed to drink lots of water during pregnancy, but why? Are other liquids just as good, or does it have to be water?

Re: I know I’m supposed to drink lots of water during pregnancy, but why? Are other liquids just as good, or does it have to be water?

The Bump Expert

Hydration is always important, and during pregnancy those fluids are even more precious than usual. Your body needs water to formamniotic fluid, produce extra blood volume, build new tissue, carry nutrients, help indigestion, and flush out your wastes and toxins. (Baby’s, too!) Drinking lots of fluids during pregnancy can work wonders, easing constipation (and therefore hemorrhoids), softening skin, reducing edema and decreasing risk of both urinary tract infections and preterm labor. It’s a good idea to get eight cups each day, and if it’s hot or if you’ve been exercising, you probably need even more.

If the thought of all that water makes you grimace, don't worry -- you’re free to include other fluids. Milk, juice, soup, sparkling water,tea and coffee (decaf only!) all count, and fruits and veggies even add to the tally (five servings of produce = two servings of fluid).

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Staying hydrated during pregnancy?

Drink the water... before I got pregnant I loved water. Then for some reason, after I became pregnant it became harder for me to drink water because I had a funny taste in my mouth. Plus I had to pee so much so I wasn't drinking enough fluids and I started having contractions at 22 weeks! That's not the main reason-- I have fibroids but it didn't help that I was underdydrated. If you don't drink enough, it can cause the uterus to contract. Now my doctor has me drinking 3 big jugs of water a day. So drink water no matter what you have to do get it down!

najii |

Q&A: Staying hydrated during pregnancy?

Water is one of the best things to drink during pregnancy! But there are also drinks that are good for you and your baby too! Organic B.R.A.T. Milk is a MUST HAVE in your pantry before and after your pregnancy! It's filled with electrolytes so it keeps you hydrated! It's gluten and free of the top 7 allergens! It comes in four flavors that are ALL DELICIOUS! I highly encourage everyone to buy some! http://www.bratdiet.org/ Here's there website! Hope this helps!(:

bmc74 |

Q&A: Staying hydrated during pregnancy?

If you have a hard time drinking water I found adding fresh lemon juice to it really helps. It adds flavor, quenches thirst, and can make it easier to drink more. Plus it's got vitamin C and other good stuff rather than sweetener and flavoring found in water flavoring packets or juice.

herescnd |