The Importance of Hydrating Your Body During Pregnancy

How many glasses of water have you had today? Did you know if you’re pregnant (or breastfeeding) you need even more water than the average woman? You should be trying to drink around 2-3 litres of fluid a day. Water is best but milk, juice, tea, coffee etc. all count towards your fluid intake.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of drinking less than we need to avoid frequent visits to the toilet and some people believe that drinking too much is the cause of their fluid retention. This is most definitely not the case! In fact inadequate water intake can be the cause of fluid retention – it's the body's way of holding on to the little water it is getting.

Nourishing your body during pregnancy is also very important. Good eating habits not only promotes overall general health but more importantly it gives you adequate stores of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to support your pregnancy and your growing baby, which is particularly significant in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. It is also vital for normal organ development and function, growth and maintenance, energy and immunity.