Dehydration and Pregnancy
From the first trimester until after the baby is born, pregnant women face an increased risk of developing dehydration. To help prevent this condition, it’s important to understand the underlying causes.
Dehydration and Morning Sickness: During the first trimester, about two-thirds of expecting mothers suffer from morning sickness. The symptoms of morning sickness can all contribute to dehydration. First, vomiting causes the rapid loss of fluids and electrolytes. These nutrients must then be replaced to prevent dehydration. Plus, both nausea and loss of appetite may discourage women to drink water, which can possibly lead to or intensify dehydration.
Dehydration During Second and Third Trimesters: Water accounts for two-thirds of the maternal weight gain and it is critical nutrient during pregnancy. For instance, water is needed to produce the increased blood supply for the baby and amniotic fluid. Plus, in addition to this increased need, frequent urination can also put more stress on the body’s water reserves.
Dehydration and Breastfeeding Mothers: Infants consume an average of 750 ml of milk per day – which is made up in a large part by water. Thus, when breastfeeding, mothers must increase their fluid intake. Dehydration during breastfeeding may contribute to decreased production and a change in milk consistency.
DripDrop is a great tasting, medical grade hydration solution developed by a pediatrician. Built on decades of proven science, it contains a precise ratio of salts, sugars and potassium to optimize fluid and electrolyte absorption and speed recovery.
DripDrop contains 2-3 times the electrolytes of sports drinks and pediatric solutions and was shown to rehydrate 34% better than water alone. Available in natural lemon and berry flavors, DripDrop does not contain any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. DripDrop is also low in sugar, which, when sipped slowly, may make it more palatable for pregnant women experiencing nausea.