When pregnant, it is essential to drink enough water to meet the body’s evolving needs(1).
Before the birth
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. In the womb, water serves as a cushion for the growing fetus, protecting it and providing amniotic fluid. It is important that the mother drinks plenty of water during this phase.
Furthermore, dehydration during pregnancy may have unwelcome consequences for expectant mothers – such as urinary tract infections.
After the birth
Since breast milk is mainly water, the lactation process also requires a significantly higher fluid intake than normal(2). Drinking pure water, of course, is the ideal way to take in the extra fluid.
Sources: 1. Montgomery KS. An update on water needs during pregnancy and beyond. The Journal of Perinatal Education 2002, 11 (3): 40-42; 2. Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for Water. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition, and Allergies (NDA). EFSA Journal 2010; 8(3): 1459.