How can I be sure that I am well hydrated during my pregnancy?

A pregnant woman needs, on average, approximately 10 cups (2.3 liters) of fluid per day.  Listen to your thirst signaland enjoy a quick smoothie, a few slices of watermelon or a delicious, tall glass of water! It is important that you are drinking plenty of water, juice, and milk rather than caffeinated beverages.  If you just don’t like the taste of water, try adding a wedge of lemon or lime, or a little juice for additional flavor. If you’re not sure how much water you drink each day, fill a 64-ounce (2litres) container and try to finish it by the end of the day.This includes the recommended three to four glasses of milk or calcium-fortified soy beverage. Fluid requirements can also be met with a glass or two of fruit or vegetable juice, herbal tea, soup, rice drink or any other non-alcoholic refreshment.  Fresh fruit juices can contribute to your fluid intake.  Drinking water – either bottled or filtered tap water – is a great way to rehydrate during or between meals. In addition, your body will derive water from food, especially fruit, vegetables and semi-liquid foods like yogurt. Safety measures:

An 8-ounce cup for each hour of light activity should be added. Of course, with exercise and hot weather, it is important to drink additional fluid. Make sure you carry water along with you, but don’t feel you have to be sipping constantly. For activities that last longer than one hour, take diluted juice or a sports drink. There’s always a danger of dehydration during exercise. Drink 2 glasses of water about an hour before you exercise, then a glass halfway through your workout and another glass when you’re done.
Don’t drink tap water — chlorination of water can increase the risk of miscarriage.  Instead, boil your water, buy a filter or buy spring water. 

Beware! Eight cups of “fruit punch,” “cocktail” or soft drink (soda pop) might quench thirst, but they also deliver more than a cup of sugar, or about 800 empty calories. Fruit juices available in the local sores that have been sweetened with sugar are not recommended because of their additional empty calories.

Caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, colas, and teas don’t count as part of your fluid intake because they’re diuretics — they make you urinate more so you actually lose water.
The next time you see a water fountain, stop for a quick drink.  Every little bit of water helps ensure a healthy pregnancy and a happy baby.

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  1. Lowellyn says:

    August 5th, 2013 at 8:02 PM (#)

    Most Americans don’t boil our water unless there is a water main break, flood or pilubc announcement by the government. Our water supplier is supposed to notify us if our water doesn’t meet EPA or state standards or if there is a waterborne disease emergency. If we know all the contaminants in our water these days, we should take more precaution. Yeah, I agree, purifier + boiling is the best way to go! (I heard boiling alone doesn’t get rid of all the chemicals and metals in tap water)exile