Dehydration is the consequence of your body losing water faster than you are taking it in. It is a severe issue for the health and wellness of anyone. But for pregnant women, it is particularly important to stay well-hydrated. For pregnant women, they need more water than the average people as water plays an essential role in the healthy development of babies.
Signs and symptoms of dehydration during pregnancy
When a pregnant woman become dehydrated, her body starts exhibiting specific signs. Maternal overheating can be a popular sign of dehydration. If women are not taking enough water, their body may have problems regulating heat. This makes them likely to overheat. Dark yellow urine is another warning sign. Clear urine means you are well hydrated.
Mild to moderate dehydration can also lead to these symptoms:
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Feeling sleepy
- Becoming thirsty
- Decreased need to urinate
- Having a headache
- Feeling dizzy
If you are going through these symptoms, drink water and rest if you can. You should call the doctor and explain your feeling. Mild and even moderate dehydration can usually be controlled and reversed by drinking water. But serious dehydration, particularly during pregnancy, needs immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of severe dehydration include
- Feel extreme thirsty
- Extreme dry mouth, skin, and mucous membranes
- Get irritable and confused
- Have little or no urine
- Get very dark urine
- Have sunken eyes
- Get rapid heartbeat and breathing
- Have low blood pressure
Also, observe your skin. You may be dehydrated if your skin is dry and shriveled, lacking the elasticity or if the skin is pinched into a fold and cannot bounce back. If there are any of these symptoms, medical care is needed right away.
How to prevent dehydration during pregnancy
It is not difficult to protect against dehydration. The key is to take plenty of water every day. Try to drink at least 8 to 12 glasses daily. If you are going through indigestion, try to have your fluids between meals instead of taking as you eat, which can cause worsen indigestion.
If you have morning sickness causing vomit, try getting plenty of fluids when you are feeling nauseated. In cases of excessive morning sickness that make it impossible to keep any fluids down, have a talk with the doctor.
Stay away from caffeine, which can raise your need to urinate. Water is ideal, but you can also drink milk, natural fruit juices, and soup.
We should also be careful with any activities that lead to overheating, like strenuous exercise. Even outdoor time in an extremely hot or humid environment can lead to overheating.
Anyone can get dehydrated, but once women are pregnant, they are at a higher risk. The best way to avoid mild, moderate, and severe dehydration is to pay attention to hydration. Create a habit of bringing a water bottle with you once you are away from home. Try to monitor how much you are drinking. As long as you are getting the right amount of water every day, your body and your developing baby will get what they need.
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Review Date: March 11, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019
Dehydration During Pregnancy. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/dehydration-pregnancy/ Accessed February 28, 2017.
Symptoms of Severe Dehydration During Pregnancy. http://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/dehydration#2. Accessed: February 28, 2017.