We all know that we should drink water for our health and skin, and we all talk about our struggles to actually guzzle enough down.
But water takes on a new level of importance during pregnancy and labor. In fact, pregnancy just might make you look at water in a completely different light. I know that water played a highly significant role in my own labor experience, and I don’t think enough pregnant women recognize its incredible natural properties.
From transporting nutrients to preventing preterm contractions to easing your labor experience, take a look at the surprising role of water in these three trimesters:
Although the majority of our body weight is made up of water, we can't naturally reproduce water — meaning we need to actively replenish ourselves. So when we don’t drink enough water, our bodies can’t function at their best — including transporting nutrients and oxygen to cells (which growing fetuses rely on), and absorbing what we (and fetuses) need from water-soluble vitamins. Dehydration doesn't only harm your own body, but it can potentially affect your baby as well, putting strain on his/her tiny liver and kidneys.
Source: The Journal of Perinatal Education
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