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Dehydration

Dehydration



Have you had the recommended amounts of water today?

It is very important that pregnant women stay well hydrated to prevent becoming dehydrated. You become dehydrated when you lose more fluids through sweat and urination than you take in. To ensure the health of both mother and baby, it is important that pregnant women drink at least 8 full glasses of water each day. Dehydration is not typically a concern for most pregnant women, but for some it is a dangerous condition. Becoming dehydrated during pregnancy is not only harmful for the mother, it is also dangerous for the fetus.

Dehydration can occur at any time during the pregnancy. In the first trimester, dehydration is usually a result of morning sickness, nausea and vomiting. Women that experience hyper emesis gravidarium are more likely to become severely dehydrated. When nausea and vomiting are involved, the mother-to-be can not keep most of her fluids down. The baby will suffer because there is not enough fluids in the mothers system to keep the baby hydrated. Because the baby needs to have an adequate amount of amniotic fluid to grow in, it is important that women are monitored and rehydrated to increase these fluid levels.

Dehydration has been linked to miscarriage and preterm labor. If you are dehydrated, your uterus will begin to contract. If contractions are not stopped, labor can begin and the baby could be delivered too early. Usually women become dehydrated during the second and third trimester because of sickness, extreme hear, being too active or just simply not drinking enough of the right fluids.

What are the right kind of fluids? While water is the best thing to drink to stay well hydrated, juice and broths also can be good sources. However, sodas, coffee and tea do not count towards the recommended amount of fluids that you need. This is because these drinks have caffeine in them and are diuretics. Diuretics make you urinate more often so you are actually losing water. If you do not like water, use flavored water. Squeezing some lemon or lime juice in the water can often make the flavor more enjoyable.

If dehydration has become a problem, hospitalization is often recommended. IV fluids can be given to get the woman rehydrated and feeling better again. Drinking water and other liquids will be encouraged and the amount of fluid input vs. urine output will be monitored and recorded. Sometimes hospitalization can last several days depending on the severity of the dehydration.

There are some common signs that you might be dehydrated. Feeling thirsty is your body's way of letting you know it needs water. However, because feeling thirsty is not usually the first sign, you may already be dehydrated by the time you actually feel thirsty. Dark and infrequent urine is a signal that you should increase your fluid intake as well. Other signs of dehydration include dry lips, feeling weak, feeling dizzy and having a dry mouth.

If you are showing any of the signs of being dehydrated, you should contact your healthcare provider to schedule an evaluation. Your urine will be tested and a diagnosis will be made.



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BabyMaker39 - 1060 days ago.
Wasn't sure where to put this. I am not totally dehydrated but my eyes are. And I also am not pregnant, as far as I know. But I am trying. (or rather, as DH likes to put it, we aren't preventing.) The only thing I have noticed lately that seems possibly promising is consistently dry eyes. But honestly I have no idea if this is a pregnancy symptom, really. My nails and hair seem to have good growth and luster too. But anyway.... just wondering if any of you preggos (congrats!) experienced anything like this in early pregnancy. Thank you.

scaredmommy - 2000 days ago.
Last thursday I was hospitalized due to dehydration at 22 weeks. I was extremely dehydrated due to a bug of some sort that I got from my children. My tip is if you feel you should go to the hospital because you can't keep anything down then go. My doctor had said to wait 12 hours from when I started vomiting and I was about as dehydrated as you can get by the time I arrived at the hospital according to them. I received 6 bags of fluid and had my contractions stopped before I could go home the next day.

Cherushi Metsumari - 2090 days ago.
About 3 weeks ago, I was told tat my amniotic fluid was on the low side, due to the fact that I was dehydrated. My doctor told me to drink more fluids, and to also rest a little more. So, I did what the doctor told me, and then two weeks later, when I went back, my amniotic fluid was ack up to were it was supposed to be. ^^

msbondkey - 2090 days ago.
I have been admitted twice due to dehydration. I have the hyperemesis which have caused me to become dehydrated. I have to drink at least 64oz of water and take the medication they prescribed me in order for me to remain hydrated. It is not a good feeling when your dehydrated, I felt like I was dying at one point.

~* Yummy Mummy Shell *~ - 2095 days ago.
16 weeks pregnant and still very ill with hyperemesis gravidarum, its silly now im having to go in for IV rehydration on a weekly basis now, i might as well move in to the hosp (and we're talking about 5 bags of fluids at one stay before my ketone levels get a little better). My liver function is terrible at the moment, because i have very bad sickness...when will this hell end??


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