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Staying Hydrated Throughout Pregnancy.


I feel like a bit of a hypocrite choosing to blog about this subject as I am not the best at staying hydrated, well I haven’t been in the past. With both of my pregnancies.
So see this as a “this is where I went wrong” or “if I could go back and do it again I’d…..”

In both pregnancies I suffered with migraines, bad migraines. With Charles it involved a phone call to NHS Direct and with this baby it resulted in an appointment with my GP. Both times all checks ok, just keep fluids up.
A trend obviously.

I have never drunk enough water. I know that. And it’s something I should change. I know that. Yet for some reason I don’t.

Mostly its due to having diet coke or some form of fizzy drink in the fridge which always seemed far better [taste wise] than a glass of water.
My husband cut down on the amount of coke he was drinking and as a result we stopped buying it so much, and with Charles drinking juice and squash it tended to be our fluid of choice on the grocery shopping list.
I used to head to the kitchen also, with the full intention of getting myself a drink and getting distracted by something else, or just forgetting and sitting back down on the sofa and being too lazy to get up to retrieve said drink.

The following information has been taken from Babyworld.co.uk
Adequate hydration is especially important during pregnancy and after birth to meet the physiological changes that occur during these important phases of the life-cycle. Water is needed to form amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby, support the increase in blood plasma volume and produce breast milk. Also, in the early stages of pregnancy vomiting can lead to fluid losses. In some cases hyperemisis gravidarium a medical condition where pregnant women experience acute vomiting has been found to cause dehydration symptoms.
In pregnancy, women are limited in how much caffeine they should consume. The Food Standards Agency advises that this is no more than 200mg caffeine/day- the equivalent to about two mugs of instant coffee, two mugs of tea or five 330 ml cans of cola. These guidelines, previously set at 300mg caffeine/day were lowered after scientists from the CARE study groups identified that caffeine intakes exceeding these levels were associated with reduced fetal growth. Consuming caffeine below these recommended levels of intake will also help to prevent water losses from increased urine output.
There is some concern that excessive intake of sugar-sweetened beverages during the course of a full term pregnancy may lead to elevated blood sugar levels and extra weight gain during pregnancy. Extra weight gain during pregnancy can create an increased risk of gestational diabetes. Women who develop diabetes during pregnancy have a higher risk of developing blood pressure disorders such as pre-eclampsia and are more likely to deliver bigger babies and experience medical complications during delivery.
Adequate hydration can also help to alleviate common pregnancy-related conditions. Low water intakes can cause hypo-hydration. A study assessing water intakes in pregnancy found that total water intakes were lowest in early pregnancy (around 2182ml/day), increasing to an average of 2466ml/day in a third trimester. It was also identified that women with lower water intakes, particularly later in pregnancy, were more likely to experience symptoms of constipation.

Equally, drinking enough water may go some way to helping prevent urinary tract infections. Studies in the past have not been adequately designed to determine 'how much' fluid should be consumed but it is thought that water consumption may help with the elimination of bacteria.
 
I tend to find that I ignore my bodies request for fluids, without thinking. Then all of a sudden my throat will get into a panic and I NEED water/juice/squash NOW. It’s a horrible feeling. It gets to the point that even a 5 minute journey to a shop if out and about is too long to wait. Or even just running downstairs if I’m upstairs is too far.

So now with my trusty SIGG bottle I am helping myself to keep hydrated and avoid these panicky moments.
Whenever I go out in the car I make sure I am equipped with a bottle full of water or squash to combat my thirst and keep myself hydrated.
I make sure I have a squash bottle in the fridge, either filled with water or squash to quickly pour into my SIGG bottle just before I leave the house. 
At 0.6l my bottle holds the perfect amount of fluids to keep my body satisfied, or to at least give me time to get to a shop to stock up on more water! Its the perfect addition to my life to keep my hydrated and keep those nasty migraines at bay!