Congratulations on your pregnancy. It is such an exciting time and full of new experiences.
You will find there are numerous lifestyle changes that will ensure you and your baby are happy and healthy during your pregnancy. Nutrition is central to this and the effects are widely known and understood. However less is known about the effects of water quality and amount consumed, so we have put together some top tips to help keep you hydrated and healthy during your pregnancy.
Drink Water to Alleviate Morning Sickness
In the initial stages of pregnancy a women loses lots of alkaline minerals to her baby. Waste material from the baby is acidic and this is discharged into the placenta. To balance this acidic discharge the Mother loses more alkaline minerals to the placenta.
This lose of alkaline minerals to the placenta can cause the Mother’s blood to become acidic rather suddenly; one of the contributors to morning sickness. By drinking plenty of water a Mother will keep her alkaline reserves up.
Further support this balance in your body by eating an alkaline diet. As a general rule many of the fast foods and convenience foods are acid based so are best avoided. If you stick to unprocessed foods you will be on the right track.
Recommended alkaline foods include:
Acid foods to avoid include:
Most processed, tinned and packaged foods
Pregnancy and Water – Facts and Tips
- We recommend you drink 6 to 8 glasses a day. This may seem a lot but if you replace your tea and coffee with this water and try this for a week you will be amazed how well you will feel.
- Invest in a water filter to make this water top quality, the filter will clean away the chlorine and other common contaminants that are found in tap water.
- Keeping well hydrated during your pregnancy will dilute your urine and help prevent urinary tract infections which are common in pregnancy.
- During Pregnancy your body retains water. Drinking more helps to combat this.
- Amniotic fluid replaces itself by approximately a cup of water every hour.
- Dehydration can cause contractions leading to premature labour
Our bodies will continue to fight to stay alkaline but why make the job hard. Stick to an alkaline diet, drink lots of water and you will keep yourself and your baby in top health.