Dehydration is one thing that you should be concerned about during pregnancy. It is the result of your body losing water faster than you are taking. For a pregnant women, it is very essential to consume water more than a normal person because it can cause a serious issue. Water helps to develop placenta, which is what your baby relies on to receive nutrients. It also forms the amniotic sac which is formed later in your pregnancy.
Symptoms of dehydration
- A common symptom of dehydration is overheating. If you are having regular water then your body will be able to regulate the heat and if not then it might cause a burning sensation. A sign of being well hydrated is having a clean urine colour, incase if your urine is dark yellow in colour, it is sign that you need to increase the intake of water.
- Thirst can intrigue you during dehydration. Do not neglect it. You might be feeling a lot more thirsty than normal. However maintain a regular intake of water at regular intervals.
- Dizziness and lightheadedness is one of the signs too. It takes place usually when you are bending sitting or standing, there is a drop in the blood pressure.
- Dry skin and nose is also one symptom of dehydration. Swollen tongue and chapped lips can also be the reason.
However, severe dehydration causes could be:
- Lack of concentration
However, there are different effects on both mother and the baby
Dehydration causes morning sickness for the mother and you feel nauseated and when you feel nauseated you don’t feel like drinking water therefore, if pregnant women do not take enough fluids to avoid dehydration then they might have to get admitted for IV fluids.
If there is insufficient fluid in the body then that means there is insufficient amniotic supply in the body, this can make the fetus lie against the uterus rather than float.
During the second and third trimester, dehydration can pose the risk of premature birth.
How to prevent it?
The main thing that you need to concentrate on is increasing the intake of your water or any other fluids. Drink plenty of water (at least 8 to 10 glasses a day) because that is the key to prevent dehydration. Say no to products that contains caffeine as it will increase your urine output.
Try not to stay in hot environment for a longer duration. Doing regular exercises will also be helpful.
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