The period of a pregnancy is an exciting, important time for the pregnant woman. This period is an opportunity to adopt a healthy lifestyle, ensuring her own good health and that of her baby. As this change occurs, the woman becomes very aware of dietetic recommendations important during pregnancy, but she often neglects an essential element of her diet - water!
*An article by Ruthie Eliav-Letter, Clinical Dietician MSc and erudite source of medical information.
Why is it important to provide the body with fluids during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, especially the last two thirds, the amount of fluids in the woman's body increases significantly due to:
Nearly 40% of pregnant women experience vomiting during the first third of pregnancy. Vomiting increases water loss, requiring the replacement of fluids in order to maintain a good balance of body fluids and prevent dehydration, which also endangers the fetus.
Water helps increase the production of mother's milk.
Studies show that drinking water has a healthful effect on the following instances during pregnancy:
How much water should a pregnant woman drink?
In order to make up for the loss of fluids during pregnancy a pregnant woman should drink an extra cup and a half of water a day beyond the normal recommended amount. When pregnant with twins, the recommended amount is double. In total, the amount of water recommended during pregnancy is 3 liters: 2.3 liters consumed through drinking fluids, plus 0.7 liters derived through food consumption (water found in vegetables, fruits, soups, milk products etc.)
What should one drink during pregnancy?
The most highly recommended fluid is water. Water is a pure, clean beverage that doesn't contain unnatural ingredients such as artificial flavors and aromas, preservatives, food coloring, and it's calorie-free.
However, since many women find it hard to get used to the bland taste of water, especially during pregnancy, it's recommended to also drink other water-based beverages in order to prevent dehydration. For example, cold water (the cold improves the flavor), water in which bits of vegetables or fruits have been soaked, such as lemon, mint leaves, lemongrass, orange sections, and in cases in which the woman has a strong aversion to water it's recommended to drink small amounts through a straw.
When should one drink?
It's important to drink according to a schedule, not according to the sensation of thirst, which varies from woman to woman and therefore doesn't always accurately indicate a lack of body fluids. It's important to drink throughout the day. Upon waking up in the morning, between meals, with meals, after exertion, and a little extra on hot days.
Another way to increase the intake of water is to always have a drinking bottle handy at home and at work. Studies show that having a water bar nearby increases fluid consumption and encourages drinking.
Pregnancy is a delicate, important period for the health of the mother and the fetus. Besides the importance of a healthy lifestyle which includes a healthy diet, exercise, and relaxation, it's important to drink enough. Sufficient drinking will ensure proper weight gain for the mother for the purpose of increasing blood volume, amniotic fluid, and the healthy development of the placenta, it prevents constipation and urinary tract infections and contributes to a healthy pregnancy throughout. it's recommended to drink about 3 liters a day (2.3 liters from fluids, 0.7 liters from food consumption), mostly water, and to avoid sweetened drinks, alcohol, too much caffeine and herbal teas.
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