Dehydration During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a delicate period of time where extra care is to be given to both mother and child. During the summer, dehydration is common among everyone. Dehydration is a result of the body losing water faster than the amount being consumed. The condition may seem like a mild one, however, dehydration can cause a lot of ill-effects for the expectant mother as well as the unborn child.

Importance of Water during Pregnancy

During the gestational period, one requires more water than an average person. During pregnancy, water is essential for:

  • Forming the Placenta through which the baby receives nutrients
  • Forming the Amniotic Sac towards the end of pregnancy

Signs of Dehydration

Maternal Overheating is the most common sign of dehydration. Lack of water in the body interferes with the body’s ability to regulate body heat. Look out for additional symptoms including:

  • Reduced frequency of urination
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Increased thirst
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

Effects of Dehydration

Dehydration during pregnancy can lead to:

  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Low levels of amniotic fluid
  • Reduced production of breast-milk
  • Premature labor
  • Birth defects due to lack of nutrition passed on to the baby

Prevention

Keeping oneself hydrated is the key to prevent dehydration. Here are a few suggestions to prevent dehydration:

  • Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day
  • Limit intake of caffeine as it can increase urine output
  • Avoid activities leading to overheating like strenuous exercise and staying out in the sun for long periods of time

In case of any queries, consult a doctor.