Dehydration is the result of body losing water faster than you are taking it in. It is a serious issue in the case of health and wellness of anyone, but for pregnant women, it is especially important to stay well-hydrated. As a pregnant woman, there is a need of more water than the average person, since water plays an important role in the healthy development of the baby. Water helps to form the placenta, where baby relies on to receive nutrients during pregnancy. Water is also used to form the amniotic sac later in the pregnancy stage. Therefore, it is important to avoid dehydration during pregnancy.
Maternal overheating is one of the common symptoms of dehydration. Adequate water is required for regulation of the body heat and therefore dehydration may lead to overheating. A sign of being well-hydrated is having a clear urine color since the color may change to dark yellow in case of water reduction. If urine is dark yellow, it is necessary to increase the water intake.
Dehydration during pregnancy may lead to serious pregnancy complications, including neural tube defects, low amniotic fluid, inadequate breast milk production, and even premature labor. These may in turn lead to birth defects due to lack of water and nutritional support for your baby.
Drinking plenty of water for about 8-12 glasses a day is a key to prevent dehydration. Avoid products that contain caffeine, as caffeine can increase your urine output leading to dehydration.
Another way to prevent dehydration is to avoid activities that can cause overheating, such as strenuous exercise or spending a lot of time in a hot environment. Exercise is considered to be healthy but strenuous exercise and lack of water intake can lead to dehydration.