Dehydration During Pregnancy: Here's Why Moms-to-be Need to Drink Up! by Mei Marcie

5 years ago

Dehydration During Pregnancy: Here's Why Moms-to-be Need to Drink Up!

We know that dehydration is not healthy, but it is even more dangerous for a pregnant woman. Pregnancy places demands on the mother's body, including increasing her hydration needs. Water helps to form the placenta, which is how the baby receives nutrients during pregnancy. Water is also used to form the amniotic sac. According to Medical News Today, signs of dehydration including:

  • yellow or dark yellow urine (not clear) 
  • chapped lips
  • less frequent urination
  • less sweat
  • fatigue or lightheadedness
  • constipation 

During pregnancy, additional symptoms may include:

  • possible Braxton Hicks contractions
  • changes in baby's movement
  • low blood pressure 
  • confusion

Dehydration during pregnancy can lead to complications. According to, these include: 

  • low amniotic fluid
  • inadequate breast milk production
  • premature labor
  • certain birth defects

So, drink enough water – eight to 12 glasses a day – and watch out for lifestyle choices or other factors that will increase your hydration needs such as caffeine, exercise, hot weather or health conditions like diarrhea. If you notice mild signs of dehydration, increase your water intake. Dehydration is much more dangerous during pregnancy!

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

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Elisa Schmitz
YES! Great info here for expectant moms. Thanks, Mei Marcie !

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