Drinking properly during pregnancy

Drinking properly during pregnancy

Sufficient fluid intake is essential during pregnancy because the mother-to-be not only has to provide her unborn child with fluids but also has an increased need herself. But it’s not just the amount you drink that matters: Some drinks should be avoided during pregnancy, while others can contribute to the supply of nutrients. 

Avoid dehydration during pregnancy.

The blood volume of a pregnant woman increases by up to two litres during pregnancy so that the child’s circulation and the placenta (placenta) can be adequately supplied with blood. In addition, the amount of amniotic fluid of up to two litres contributes to the increased fluid content in the body.

To prevent dehydration during pregnancy, you should pay particular attention not to falling below the generally recommended drinking quantity of at least 1.5 litres per day. Pregnant women should drink two to three litres of liquid daily.

 

Pregnancy: Healthy Drinks

Choosing the right drinks complements a healthy diet during pregnancy. To balance the mineral balance, you should pay attention to the following ingredients in mineral water:

  • Sodium: Low-sodium mineral water (less than 20 milligrams of sodium per litre) should be preferred in the case of existing high blood pressure and high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia). It also prevents the formation of water retention (oedema) since sodium binds to water in the body.
  • Iron Pregnant women have an increased need for iron because of the increased blood volume, so you should choose mineral water without the label “de-ironed” if possible.
  • Calcium: Calcium is essential for bone formation and the development of the teeth in the unborn child, so the mineral water should contain at least 200 milligrams of calcium per litre.
  • Magnesium: A magnesium deficiency can lead to muscle cramps and increases the risk of preterm labour and miscarriage. Magnesium-rich mineral water helps cover the daily requirement of 300-400 milligrams.

Whether you prefer still or carbonated water is a matter of taste, but sparkling water can increase the heartburn that often occurs during pregnancy. Other suitable thirst quenchers are fruit, herbal teas, and diluted fruit and vegetable juices.

It is better to do without Drinks unsuitable for pregnant women.

Alcoholic beverages should be off-limits as there is no safe limit for the safe consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. Since alcohol is a cytotoxin and reaches the child through the placenta, even consuming small amounts can lead to severe mental and physical development disorders in the embryo.

Caffeine also reaches the unborn child through the placenta and, in high quantities, leads to a reduced birth weight in the child. In addition, caffeine inhibits iron absorption from food and can thus promote iron deficiency. Pregnant women are therefore recommended not to drink more than two to three cups of coffee daily. In addition, cola, black tea, cocoa and dark chocolate should only be enjoyed in moderation.

 

Be careful with soft drinks.

It would help if you avoided energy drinks altogether because of the additional stimulating substances they contain, such as taurine and guarana, since their harmlessness has not yet been proven.

Caution is also advised with bitter soft drinks such as tonic water and bitter lemon: These contain quinine, which stimulates labour and can trigger withdrawal-like symptoms such as nervous tremors in the newborn.

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