The fact that a sufficient amount of fluid a pledge of the normal life of the body is not a secret for anyone. Everyone knows that modern doctors recommend drinking at least two liters of water a day. And do fluid needs change during pregnancy? This question is especially relevant for moms in the second half of pregnancy when many develop swelling.
In the first half of pregnancy, that is, up to 20 weeks, the norm of the liquid being drunk should be 2-2.5 liters. This volume will fill the water deficit, will help remove toxins and toxins from the body, which is very important in the presence of toxicosis, and also help prevent constipation. And even if the woman has symptoms of fluid retention, do not rush to limit the fluid. This measure can even be dangerous, as it will promote the accumulation of toxic products in the body and the development of late toxicosis. If there is no increase in protein levels in urinalysis and signs of increased blood pressure, the drinking regimen should be maintained at a level of 2 liters per day. According to the indications, salt is limited. And it is very important that the main drink for pregnant women is plain water.
Water can be spring, glacial, but not mineral, as the mineral salts that make up its composition can create a load on the kidneys, and also increase swelling.
During pregnancy, it is advisable not to get involved in tea – neither black nor green and coffee, because these drinks contain caffeine. The exception is made by future mothers who have a tendency to hypotension. But even they do not need to drink strongly brewed tea and coffee. Many people think that green tea contains less caffeine compared to black tea. This is a misconception. In green tea, more biologically active substances, but caffeine is not less.
Traditional refreshing drinks can be replaced with fruit and especially herbal teas. You can brew chamomile, mint, calendula, raspberry leaves, strawberries, currants, cowberry, hips and mountain ash. It is enough to take 1 teaspoon of dry herb for a cup of boiling water so that the concentration of the drink is pleasant to the taste. In such a drink, you can add a spoonful of honey.
A bad choice for drinking during pregnancy is soda, the sweeter. Carbonated water contributes to increased gas production, enhances the processes of fermentation in the intestine. A sweet soda contains a large number of chemicals and sugar.
Do not recommend getting carried away with juices. Packaged contain harmful additives preservatives, vitamins, taste improvers. And natural a concentrated solution of many salts, their value for the mother is questionable. The use of fresh fruits and vegetables is preferable.
It is very important to correctly distribute the liquid at the time of day. 2-3 hours before bedtime, the amount of liquid drunk should be reduced to a minimum. And in order not to forget to drink often, you can install a special program in the phone that will help you monitor the water balance, reminding you when it’s time to take another sip of water.