Increase water intake during pregnancy

increase water intake during pregnancy

Water, symbol of life and rebirth, is the first environment to surround a baby. During the first months in the womb, a fetus is composed almost entirely of water. Water in the womb serves as a cushion for the growing fetus, protecting it and providing amniotic fluid.

When pregnant, it’s essential to drink enough water to meet the body’s evolving needs3. Dehydration during pregnancy may have unwelcome consequences for expectant mothers, such as urinary tract infections. Furthermore, since breast milk is mainly water, lactation requires increased fluid intake for its production.

Sources: (3) Montgomery KS. An update on water needs during pregnancy and beyond. The Journal of Perinatal Education 2002, 11 (3): 40-42; Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for Water. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition, and Allergies (NDA). EFSA Journal 2010; 8(3): 1459.