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I thought it important to discuss the crucial benefits of drinking enough water in pregnancy, postpartum care and breastfeeding. If you go to my stories above, you’ll see I’ve posted some information about how to get enough water in daily. I share how to make it easier and tastier.

Our bodies are made up of 70% water. Water is the internal fluid that helps to keep many of the bodily functions maintained, balanced and working properly. Without it, we could not survive. When making sure you get the daily needed intake, your pregnant or breastfeeding body can then function at a more optimal level. 

The recommended water intake for a non pregnant woman is about a quart a day. Though I’m convinced we need more than is recommended. A pregnant woman needs double the amount in relation to a non pregnant woman. Two quarts of water a day or more for a pregnant or postpartum mama is ideal for many reasons. 

In pregnancy:

  1. Water is needed to help form and maintain balanced amniotic fluid levels. 
  2.  Water increases the blood plasma volume 
  3. Water helps in the production of breast milk 
  4. Water helps alleviate constipation and bloating 
  5. Water aids in preventing certain infections specifically UTI’s which are very common in pregnancy. 
  6. Water eliminates symptoms of dehydration such as headaches, dizziness, muscle cramps and, most importantly the dreaded edema or swelling of the face, hands, ankles and feet. Dehydration in late pregnancy can also cause preterm labor. 
  7. Water can help suppress morning sickness especially when drank in between meals.

In postpartum:

  1. Water is necessary in balancing proper breastmilk production. Making sure you drink enough water then helps in making sure you have enough breastmilk.
  2. Water rehydrates after exercise. Most mamas are trying to get back to their pre-pregnant weight. Exercise is a great way to do that.  If you are exercising regularly and breastfeeding, water is a MUST to maintain proper health.
  3. Drinking plenty of water helps the whole body function optimally.  When the whole body is functioning at its best, all the systems of the body, specifically the endocrine system (the system that produces hormones) stimulate homeostasis.

I recommend purchasing a large water bottle, with a handle, that you can carry around with you everyday. I like to put a couple tea bags of my favorite tea to give the water a little flavor, and nutrients, which make it tastier and easier to drink. These are just a few of the ways water is highly beneficial during pregnancy and postpartum care. Make sure your taking action to get enough water into your daily life!