Dehydration During Pregnancy

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Mums-to-be need more water than those who aren’t pregnant and it’s important to stay hydrated throughout your pregnancy.

Failing to take in enough fluid can have serious repercussions for both mother and baby, so if you’re worried about dehydration during the course of your pregnancy, don’t delay - speak to a doctor today.


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What Causes Dehydration During Pregnancy?

As your body gears up for childbirth it requires fuel to support the changes that care for your developing baby.

Water is key among these, helping to form the placenta and amniotic sack, as well as playing several other important roles in providing nutrition for your growing baby.

Mums-to-be who fail to maintain hydration during their pregnancy are at greater risk of premature labour, problems with breast milk production and a range of birth defects. 

Signs of dehydration in pregnancy include:
  • Feeling constantly hot
  • Losing fluid through nausea and vomiting
  • Dark-coloured urine
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Intense thirst

It’s recommended that expectant mums should drink around eight to 12 glasses of water a day, avoid too much caffeine (which can stimulate urine production) and steer clear of activities or situations that can contribute to overheating.

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Treating Dehydration During Pregnancy

If you’ve noticed any of the symptoms above or are worried that you might be suffering from dehydration - it’s recommended that you speak to a doctor.

Our GPs can provide expert advice on good hydration practices and may recommend an oral rehydration solution in more serious cases.

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