Much to the disappointment of expectant mothers, health experts have warned of the risks of ‘eating for two’ but how important is drinking water when it comes to pregnancy?
Medical professionals advise pregnant women to follow a balanced, healthy diet, and within that they suggest cutting back on sugary food and drinks to avoiding gaining excess weight. Sensible caffeine levels also restrict the amount of tea and coffee recommended for pregnant women.
The NHS suggests no more than 200mg of caffeine a day – that is two cups of instant coffee, but caffeinated products such as chocolate and tea also count towards the limit.
This makes drinking water one of the best choices to keep dehydration at bay during pregnancy.
Why drinking water is essential to a healthy pregnancy – Morning sickness
With fatigue, and, all too often, morning sickness, being a problem during the early months of pregnancy, drinking water could help to alleviate some of these symptoms.
Certainly, in the case of pregnancy-related sickness – which can really strike at any time of day, if not all day – topping up any fluids lost by drinking water is essential to staying hydrated and healthy.
Good hydration is also an important factor when avoiding fatigue, so, along with getting plenty of rest, drinking an adequate amount of water will help. One of the early symptoms of dehydration is tiredness, so regularly sipping drinking water can rule this out as a reason for feeling fatigued.
Exercise, heat and hydration
While women should drink the recommended eight glasses of fluid each day throughout their pregnancy, they may need to drink slightly more water in the third trimester of pregnancy to meet the demands of their growing baby. It is important to listen to the body and look out for signs of dehydration such as thirst, darker urine, headaches and tiredness.
Drinking water will help to flush toxins out of the system during pregnancy, and, just as importantly, will help the body to absorb nutrients, which all play a part in nurturing the development of the unborn baby.
If exercising during pregnancy women are advised to increase their intake of drinking water, as well as when becoming hot.
Keep it clean
Using a Doulton Water Filter will ensure that drinking water not only tastes better but is free of any toxins carried in the water supply, leaving pregnant women happy in the knowledge they are feeding their bodies the best quality water.
Healthy, cheap, and plentiful and cost-effective, water it is the ideal perfect source of hydration to keep the body healthy through pregnancy.