“How much water should I drink while I’m pregnant?” This is a question almost every pregnant woman has had at some one or another. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink about 8-10 8 ounce cups of water or other beverages every day. However, you need to remember that all women’s needs are a little bit different, so don’t worry if you find yourself needing a little more or a little less.
How can you tell if you’re drinking enough? You can tell you’re getting enough water if your urine looks pale yellow or colorless. If you live in a warm climate, or at a high altitude, or are exercising, you will likely find yourself to need a little bit more. I personally feel my best if I drink 1 gallon of water per day. Which is a lot more than the recommended amount, but like I said, needs vary for everyone.
Drinking enough water can help prevent some of the most common pregnancy problems such as constipation, hemorrhoids, and bladder infections. Drinking enough water dilutes your urine, which is what reduces your risk of infection. Staying hydrated in the last trimester is especially important, because the hydration can cause contractions that can trigger preterm labor.
8 to 10 cups of water per day might seem like a lot, especially if you are not used to drinking that much water or if you are early in your pregnancy and battling nausea. I remember how hard it was for me in my first trimester to drink as much water as I needed. I just did my best! Try sipping water throughout the day rather than drinking a lot at one time. If you don’t love the taste of water, try adding fresh fruit such as lemon or lime or a little juice to add some extra flavor.