Dehydration is the result of the body losing water faster than it is taking it in. For pregnant women, it is especially important to stay hydrated.
A pregnant women needs more water than the average person since water plays an important role in the health of her baby. Water is what forms the amniotic sac which is a bag of fluid where the unborn baby develops and grows. Water also helps the placenta, which is what feeds nutrients to an unborn baby.
Sometimes during pregnancy a woman is unable to eat without frequent vomiting (hyperemesis, a.k.a morning sickness) and she may not want to drink because of nausea. When this happens, it is important to contact your obstetrician at Rosemark for help overcoming dehydration, vomiting and nausea.
If a pregnant woman is suffering from hyperemesis, a dehydration sign to look for is dark urine. When a patient notices dark urine, it is a sign to increase water intake because of dehydration.
Pregnant women should drink 8-10 glasses of water a day and avoid caffeine which increases urine output leading to dehydration.
At Rosemark we offer IV therapy at our facility to so there is no need to go to the emergency room or hospital for treatment. When IV therapy is ordered by a Rosemark obstetrician, they may also include medication to help reduce or eliminate vomiting and nausea. This can be a serious problem so pregnant women who are struggling with these symptoms need to call us for an appointment right away.