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Dehydration During Pregnancy

What Is Dehydration?

Dehydration During Pregnancy:

Dehydration is a condition that occurs when you use or lose body fluids more than you take in. When the body doesn’t have enough water or other fluids it will interfere with the normal functions of your body. 

By not replacing the lost fluids you will get dehydrated and can lead to headaches, lethargy, and constipation. Our body is about two thirds of water. Whenever water levels drops below that level, we replace it again to stay hydrated.

Is Dehydration In Pregnancy A Serious Condition

During pregnancy is important to stay hydrated because it can cause some serious problems.  Dehydration should be taken seriously since it can be a life threatening for the mother and baby.

What Are Common Causes of Dehydration In Pregnancy?

The most common reasons for dehydration during pregnancy are the following:

  1. Inadequate drinking
  2. Commonly due to the environment, excessive sweating
  3. Redundant urination
  4. Harsh or prolonged diarrhea
  5. Harsh or repeated vomiting
  6. Lengthened hyperventilation, commonly due to anxiety
  7. Morning sickness can also impact the amount of food and fluids the body is keeping if there is constant vomiting.

Symptoms And Signs of Dehydration In Pregnancy

There are many signs of spotting dehydration during pregnancy.  Here are some signs to watch our for:

  1.  Dry nose and mouth
  2. Tiredness
  3. Easily distracted
  4. Nausea
  5. Vomiting
  6. Piles
  7. Constipation
  8. Acute Headaches
  9. Dizziness
  10. Chapped lips
  11. Dark urination
  12. Dry Skin
  13. Low blood pressure

Effects Of Dehydration On The Baby

Dehydration is very common for babies.  It usually happens due to the baby taking in less fluids. The symptoms usually happen due to fever, excessive sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea causing the baby to lose fluids. The typical signs of you need to watch out for are:

  1. It has been passed six hours with a change of diaper
  2. The urine smells and looks teacup dark
  3. Lethargy
  4. Dry mouth
  5. Dry lips
  6. When baby cries no visible tears

There are the common signs of a baby dehydrated.

How Much Water Should A Pregnant Women Drink?

Both women who are pregnant and breast-feeding will need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Is highly recommended that pregnant women should drink about 2.3 liters daily. However, if you’re breast-feeding the recommended amount of water is much higher 3.1 liters of fluid a day.

Treatment of Mild or Moderate Dehydration During Pregnancy

If your mildly or moderate dehydration during your pregnancy the best way to treat is by drinking more water. Make sure to replenish all the necessary water intake will help. 

Stay hydrated drinking water, herbal tea, and decaffeinated coffee. Try to stay away from juices and soft drinks that will help with the dehydration but causes weight gain.

Treatment of Severe Dehydration In Pregnancy

Dehydration is usually cause by severe nausea and vomiting.  If you experience severe vomiting make sure to seek out medical attention and talk with your doctor. The dehydration is treated in the hospital with infusion of fluids.

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