How Much Water Should You Drink During Pregnancy?

By Kaci Dyson

April 16, 2020

L&D RN/Wife/Mom of two on a MISSION to make MOM-ING EASIER. Prenatal & Childbirth Educator/Sleep Training/Lactation Counselor in San Angelo, TX

Hey Mama, you may be wondering if you are drinking enough water. It seems to be a common question these days… how much water have you had today? Are you drinking enough water? As a Mama to be, now more than ever, staying hydrated throughout the day is so important.

That is because drinking water during pregnancy is critical to you and the growth of your little bun in the oven. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells and babies cells, flush out bacteria, and prevent constipation among other benefits. And as we all know, constipation in pregnancy is a struggle.

Some other benefits of staying hydrated include:

  • Help preserve adequate levels of amniotic fluid around baby in the womb
  • Aides in fetal kidney function
  • Decreases the chances of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Increases energy levels. I don’t know about you, but any amount of extra energy is awesome. Right?!
  • Decreases the chances of preterm labor and preterm delivery. As being dehydrated releases a hormone similar to that needed during labor.
  • Helps with headaches, dizziness, swelling, and overheating.
  • Its even been said to decrease morning sickness. That’s a bonus for sure!

So, how much water should you be drinking? The American College of Pediatrics recommends that expectant mothers drink at least 10 8oz glasses of water a day. And if fitness is a part of your day add a glass of water for every hour of activity.

If drinking enough water is a struggle for you, here are some tips to try

  • Carry a bottle of water with you everywhere you go.
  •  If you like ice-cold water, get a yeti cup (or something similar) and keep it with you all day.
  • Make it a game to drink so much every hour of every day. Etsy has some super cute bottles for pregnant and breastfeeding mamas.
  • Drink a cold bottle first thing in the morning upon waking
  • Take a few sips right before bedtime (you know you’ll be up to the bathroom in a few hours regardless). 😉
  • Eat foods that hydrate you (fruits & veggies)

As always, check with your doctor if you have health concerns that should limit the intake of fluids. Examples of these include but are not limited to Preeclampsia, High Blood Pressure, Kidney issues, Heart Failure, Kidney Disease.

You got this, Mama! Make it a priority to stay hydrated over the next 9 months and you set you and your little one up for a healthy life earthside. We are here for you and would love to meet you!!

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