Studies suggest that expectant mothers should include plenty of water in their pregnancy diet plan. Sufficient intake of water will not only promote the baby’s growth and development but will also help the new mother produce and maintain adequate breast milk supply.
Water keeps the blood properly hydrated, making it easier for the heart to pump oxygen. Moreover, staying hydrated ensures that essential nutrients are being transported to different body cells in order to meet the developmental needs of the growing baby.
Regular intake of water reduces the risk of urinary infections, which can be common in pregnancy. It helps in getting rid of excess sodium and aids in minimising swelling of feet and ankles (oedema). Some pregnant women find that drinking water at regular intervals can help relieve the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion.
Health experts recommend a daily intake of about 1.5 litres of water daily – for normal adults. However, when you are pregnant this should increase by another two and four glasses a day, especially in the second and third trimester, respectively. A good way to get enough water in your pregnancy diet plan is to keep a bottle of water near you, always. This will remind you to stay hydrated, and challenge you to drink the recommended amount of water each day.
Some Symptoms of dehydration include:
- dry, sticky mouth
- feeling thirsty
- decreased need to urinate
If you notice any oft he above, get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible.
A dietician will monitor your eating habits and help you with a customised pregnancy diet plan that consists of ample amount of fluids/water and other essential nutrients.