Pregnant women are especially susceptible to dehydration since the body is heavily reliant on water to help form the placenta.
To prevent and manage dehydration during pregnancy, pregnant women can do some or all of the following:
This is the number one way to prevent dehydration during pregnancy. Be sure to drink lots of water throughout the day to maintain your body’s minimum fluid levels.
Drinking an oral rehydration solution like Hydralyte can help relieve some of the symptoms of dehydration. Hydralyte is scientifically formulated to contain the correct balance of glucose and electrolytes for rapid rehydration. Water or sugary drinks are not as effective as Hydralyte, as they do not restore lost electrolytes (which retain the fluid). Hydralyte is usually suitable for most breastfeeding mothers.
Beverages like coffee or tea do little to keep you hydrated. In fact, they’ve been shown to increase urine production and fluid loss.
While a large majority of pregnant women are often cleared by their doctors to participate in some level of physical activity, it is important to be aware of the risk of overheating. Hydralyte is scientifically formulated to contain the correct balance of glucose and electrolytes for rapid rehydration. The formulation is based on the World Health Organization criteria for effective rehydration. Learn more about how Hydralyte compares to other commonly used solutions
Note: If a woman has a pregnancy-related condition such as pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure, or oedema, she should discuss her approach to managing dehydration with her doctor.