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5 Common Health Issues during Pregnancy That Drinking Enough Water Can Help Prevent

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Water is essential to the healthy function of cells, tissues and organs. It helps the body remove waste, regulates body temperature and help brain function. Water helps dissolve and circulate nutrients in the body.

During pregnancy, in addition to eating healthy and well-balanced diet, your body needs more water to cope with the hormonal changes and increased demands on the body. Water helps form amniotic fluid around the fetus and aids digestion. Experts recommend you drink about 8 – 10 glasses of water a day.

Some common health issues during pregnancy that drinking enough water may help prevent

DEHYDRATION: Dehydration happens when you lose more fluid than you take in. It can impact the flow of oxygen to the brain and can cause feeling of fatigue, dizziness and headaches.

CONSTIPATION: Constipation occurs when the bowel movement becomes less frequent and stools become difficult to pass. Hormonal changes during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to constipation. Regularly drinking enough water can help reduce the risk of constipation during pregnancy.

HEMORRHOIDS: Hemorrhoids or piles are swollen, enlarged veins that form inside and outside the anus and rectum. They can be painful, uncomfortable and cause rectal bleeding. During pregnancy, Hemorrhoids may develop due to pelvic pressure from weight gain during pregnancy. Some common symptoms are itchy anus, pain or ache in the anus, especially when you sit, and rectal bleeding. Drinking adequate water may help keep stool from hardening and decrease straining.

URINARY TRACT INFECTION: Urinary tract infection is an infection that affects any part of the urinary tract; kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra. It results when bacteria get into the urinary tract and causes infection. This is common during pregnancy; this can be as a result of hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy and also because of the fact that the growing fetus can put pressure on the bladder and urinary tract. Some common symptoms are; painful urination, frequent urination, pelvic or lower back pain, blood-tinged urine, feeling that you have to urinate frequently, cloudy or dark urine. Drinking enough water every day can help flush out any harmful bacteria that may be present in the bladder. Photo credit: momjunction

SWELLING: Some women experience swollen feet especially in their third trimester, this is as a result of increasing volume of blood and fluids in your body. During pregnancy, the extra fluid in the body and the pressure from the growing uterus can cause swelling. To help prevent swelling, you can drink more water to flush extra fluid and sodium out to the body.

 

References:

www.healthline.com, www.mayoclinic.org

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