Why H2O is BAE!
Did you know that more than 80% of the population is dehydrated? But like, for real!
F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. stated in his book, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, Water for Health, for Healing, for Life that “Every time a cell gives rise to a daughter cell, 75% or more of its volume has to be filled with water. In short, growth depends on the availability of water.” He continues that “By the time it grows to be a full term baby, about a half a trillion cell divisions will have taken place.”
In Raising Baby Green, Alan Greene M.D. asks pregnant women to remember that their placenta is “providing approximately one cup of water each hour” just to replenish amniotic fluid in the womb. Low amniotic fluid risks include “compression of fetal organs resulting in birth defects, increased chance of miscarriage or stillbirth, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), preterm birth, and labor complications such as cord compression, meconium stained fluid, and C-section” (Source)
This water won't just appear for your unborn baby! There are also some common pregnancy discomforts that could be avoided with proper hydration such as fatigue, hormone regulation/ headaches, upset stomach, heartburn, constipation, leg cramps, swelling and joint pain.
The benefits to staying properly hydrated in general are limitless—even more so when you’re pregnant! So drink up ladies!
How do you incorporate more water in your day?