Water is essential for every cell function and is considered the panacea for many ailments common to pregnancy.
Water is essential for every cell function and is considered the panacea for many ailments common to pregnancy. To maintain vitality and wellbeing it is recommended that we drink 2 litres of fresh water daily. During pregnancy this amount increases to 3 litres a day.
It is best to drink between meals to avoid diluting digestive juices. Try to drink at least half an hour before eating and an hour afterwards. If you are thirsty during a meal try a digestive herbal tea as an alternative. Peppermint, chammomile, nettle and lemon verbena aid digestion. If you regularly get up in the middle of the night, aim to drink the bulk of your water in the earlier part of the day.
Unfortunately due to environmental damage water quality has been significantly reduced in many parts of the world. You may wish to consider the source and composition of your drinking water as it may contain traces of chemicals and/or bacteria that you may be sensitive to during pregnancy. One alternative is to boil water then leave it to cool. Another option is to invest in a renewable water filter or one that is fitted to your system.
The benefits of water
- Is vital to encourage the elimination of waste products for both you and your baby
- Is the major component of breast milk
- Is necessary for the constant renewal of the amniotic fluid
- Rehydrates cells and tissues
- Helps clear metabolic waste that causes tension in muscle tissue
- Flushes the lymphatic system and supports the immune system
- Is necessary for production of healthy blood cells
- Assists the passage of wastes through both the small and large intestine
- Promotes a healthy complexion
- Supports efficient hormone production
- A lack of water dehydrates the body and may manifest as:
- Lower back pain
- Urinary tract infection
- Troubled or dry skin
- Reduced lactation
- Constant thirst
- Strong smelling urine