Published: June 18, 2018

    How Much Water Should You Drink While Pregnant?

    Being pregnant, especially for the first time, can be a sensory overload. As your body goes through changes and you experience morning sickness and other telltale signs you may start to panic, but your path to good health remains the same: eat a healthy diet, stay hydrated, rest, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and do your best to stay sane.

    When pregnant you may assume that your water intake must increase drastically – after all, you’re supplying H2O for yourself and for a baby! However, a great baseline is to use our hydration calculator to determine your ideal water intake. When you are pregnant you don’t need to double your water intake or anything similar. Instead, just weigh yourself once a week and adjust your optimal hydration level based on your weight.

    As you can tell when you input your data into the hydration calculator, physical activity like exercising, walking, or even standing on your feet all day while working can cause you to dehydrate faster, meaning the amount of water you should be drinking will also increase. Our interactive tool is a good place to start, but listen to your body (and your primary care doctor) to stay hydrated throughout your pregnancy.

    If your try to drink one or more glasses of water quickly while pregnant you can feel uncomfortably “full,” so try spacing out your water intake throughout the day. Keep a reusable bottle handy and sip on water or a detox water recipe intermittently as you work or otherwise take care of your daily checklist.

    One of the reasons you’ll want to boost and carefully monitor your water intake during pregnancy is the reality of morning sickness and occasional nausea. Vomiting will deplete your water stores immediately, and for both your sake and the baby’s you should rehydrate shortly after any symptoms occur.

    We understand that you are effectively hydrating for two – while you have a target water intake each day, to be safe you can try to go beyond that target if you are able to. Having extra water in your system will help flush out toxins faster and make sure there is enough amniotic fluid for your baby at all times.

    It is imperative to stay hydrated throughout the day during your third trimester. Dehydration is a primary cause of preterm labor, and can make you experience contractions early. Dehydration decreases the overall volume of the blood in your system, which in turn increases the level of the hormone oxytocin in your body.

    Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for contractions, so to keep levels regular hit or exceed your target water intake every day. Dehydration is among the top three causes for labor contractions, next to UTIs and, of course, when babies are full-term.

    Ensuring that the water you drink is free of harmful contaminants is just as important as staying hydrated. Your child should only be exposed to pure filtered water – consider installing a whole house filter or a reverse osmosis filter to greatly reduce chemicals, sediment, and other unwanted contaminants that could be present in your drinking water.

    Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.