What’s a critical aspect of your pregnancy journey? Water you know, it's h20.
It goes without saying that mamas-to-be need to drink adequate water each day to stay hydrated – 2 litres per day is recommended by the World Health Organisation. Whilst this might seem like a tall order, and will result in even more trips to the loo, in swapping your espresso for H2O you’ll create the most healthy environment possible for your baby.
Dehydration can cause health problems and complications for babies in utero - diminished amniotic fluid; reduced production of breast milk (for those that wish to breast feed); and preterm labour. It can trigger Braxton Hicks contractions, and drinking water is one of the recommended courses of action to ease these types of contractions.
So, what are the common symptoms of dehydration? Well, you will need to watch out for dark coloured urine (straw-coloured /light is perfect); not weeing often (less than 3 times a day); dry mouth and eyes and - of course - feeling thirsty. This can progress to other symptoms which are more concerning, such as lightheadedness, dizziness, constipation, headaches and fatigue.
So, how much water should I drink each day during pregnancy?
The World Health Organisation advises expectant mothers to drink at least 2000 ml (2 litres) of water each day. More is needed for women who suffer with sickness during pregnancy; are especially active; or are pregnant during hotter weather.
Half empty cups around the house just won't do, however good your intentions - keep a close eye on your water intake every day to make sure you're meeting #mamaswatergoals