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DRINK UP! 12 Reasons Water Is So Important for Fertility & Pregnancy

10 Reasons Water is Important for Fertility & Pregnancy

We all know we’re supposed to drink water. It’s good for us, they say. It’s important to your health, they say. Not getting enough is bad, they say. But no one ever tells us why it’s so darn important.

If you’re trying to get pregnant, or if you already are pregnant, drinking enough water is more important than ever. And I’m here to tell you why.

After the jump, find out 12 of the reasons why water is so important for fertility and pregnancy.


  • Needed for Body’s Expansion as Blood Volume Increases 1 of 12
    Needed for Body's Expansion as Blood Volume Increases
    Your body obviously expands during pregnancy, but did you know your blood volume does too? Drinking enough water ensures that your blood is flowing well throughout your growing body.
    Source: American Pregnancy Association
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Cushions & Lubricates All Tissues and Organs 2 of 12
    Cushions & Lubricates All Tissues and Organs
    When you become pregnant, the endometrium becomes a thick cushion of tissue that nourishes the growing embryo. Water keeps this whole process moving smoothly.
    Source: CNY Fertility
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Helps Deliver Hormones Throughout the Body 3 of 12
    Helps Deliver Hormones Throughout the Body
    An imbalance of hormones is behind many fertility issues and mood disorders. Making sure you have enough water in your system enables your hormones to travel to the many places they're needed throughout your body.
    Source: CNY Fertility
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • May Enhance Egg Quality 4 of 12
    May Enhance Egg Quality
    Directing more water to flow through your body stimulates circulation and improves egg health.
    Source: CNY Fertility
    Photo: 123 RF Stock Photo
  • Aids Production of Cervical Mucus 5 of 12
    Aids Production of Cervical Mucus
    Cervical mucus may sound gross, but it's a vital component to fertility, as it's needed for the sperm to successfully make its trek to the egg.
    Source: CNY Fertility
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Detoxifies Body 6 of 12
    Detoxifies Body
    We're all exposed to toxins,and each of us have plenty of them floating around our bodies some of which may be blocking our fertility. Drinking plenty of water helps get these bad guys out of us.
    Source: CNY Fertility
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Ensures Adequate Breast Milk Production 7 of 12
    Ensures Adequate Breast Milk Production
    Proper hydration is essential for adequate breast milk production and flow, so staying hydrated during your pregnancy gives you a leg-up when it comes time to breastfeed.
    Source: American Pregnancy Association
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Helps Liver & Kidney Functions 8 of 12
    Helps Liver & Kidney Functions
    Keeping these organs functioning properly during pregnancy is crucial to avoiding renal disease and liver disorders, both of which can threaten your pregnancy.
    Source: American Pregnancy Association
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Dehydration Can Cause Mood Fluctuation 9 of 12
    Dehydration Can Cause Mood Fluctuation
    Even slight dehydration can cause mood fluctuation, and since the mind-body connection is quite important for fertility, staying positive and having a body that is running at its optimal level can really make a difference.
    Source: CNY Fertility
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Insufficient Intake Can Lead to Adverse Effects 10 of 12
    Insufficient Intake Can Lead to Adverse Effects
    Not getting enough water during pregnancy can lead to constipation, preterm labor, and even miscarriage. Be careful of drinks you think are hydrating, like high-sugar beverages (sodas) and caffeinated drinks both actually dehydrate you.
    Source: American Pregnancy Association
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Baby Your Skin 11 of 12
    Baby Your Skin
    Getting enough water combats dry skin, and can relieve discomfort associated with dry, itchy skin.
    Source: What to Expect
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Water Actually DE-swells You 12 of 12
    Water Actually DE-swells You
    People often think that drinking lots of water leads to water-weight gain, but that's simply not the case. In fact, drinking lots of water helps keep excess water retention under control and away from your ankles.
    Source: What to Expect
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo

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