pregnant woman drinking waterWe all know the importance of drinking water for better health and it’s doubly true when you’re pregnant because getting enough water each day is vital for mother and child.

Staying hydrated provides the mechanism to bring nutrients to your baby by transporting vitamins, minerals and hormones to the blood cells that reach the placenta. You can run hot during pregnancy and water helps your body's cooling system disperse excess heat in the form of sweat. Drinking enough water also prevents dehydration that can cause headaches and fatigue and water rids your body of excess sodium to minimize swelling of feet and ankles.

Water dissolves waste products in your body and helps flush them from the kidneys and keeps urine diluted to avoid bladder infections. It also speeds the movement of solid wastes in the digestive system and this can ease constipation that’s common for pregnant women.

So, now you’re sold on the benefits of drinking more water during pregnancy but how much do you need? The standard of eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water daily is a good place to start. Using a water bottle to sip steadily throughout the day is better than a downing a glassful of water that could leave you feeling uncomfortably full.

If plain water isn’t your thing you can drink skim milk, sparkling or flavored waters, fruit and vegetable juices and decaffeinated teas, but watch out for added sugar and high sodium levels and avoid drinks with too many calories.

What you eat can also help you get more water and fruits are one of the best sources. For example, one cup of watermelon, cantaloupe or strawberries or a medium size pear or orange can give you 4 to 5 ounces of water. 

If you’ve just learned that you’re pregnant or need to find a women’s health care provider, the team at Northline Women’s Health Care is ready to serve you in Southgate and Brownstown. Discover our obstetrician services or request an appointment.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax