The importance of hydration

Did we hear a yawn? We get it! The benefits of hydration is not the most interesting topic. BUT! It’s important. Cos the minute you begin trying to get pregnant, your body starts working - hard. From conceiving, to each new trimester, labour, breastfeeding and beyond, staying hydrated is critical not just for your own health but also the health of your baby.

A mothers body doesn’t stop

Her heart rate and metabolism increases by 50% when pregnant.

Her body’s water volume will increase by up to 9 litres during pregnancy.

Breastfeeding uses up 25% of her body’s energy. (The brain uses 20%.)

Recommended fluid intake. Let’s break it down.

Conceiving

2.1 litres per day

Hydration (among a multitude of other factors) plays an important role in fertility.

Pregnancy

2.3 litres per day

When you’re a growing, weeing, vomitting, sweating mess it’s so vital to keep the fluids up.

Labour

Keep those fluids up

Literally the most physically demanding thing they will ever do, you’ll need support. Enough said.

Breastfeeding

2.6 litres per day

Water accounts for 87% of breastmilk and the average milk production in the first six months.

It’s important to note that recommended water intake also depends on other factors such as diet, exercise and weight.
For medical advice please consult your doctor.

So, why not just drink water?

You should drink water! Lots of water!! But sometimes life gets in the way and you just don’t / can’t / won’t. You’re too busy throwing up in a toilet, falling asleep in public places or accepting unsolicited parenting advice from strangers. Sometimes you need more than water. And that’s where we come in. We’re healthy hydration when water just… can’t.

Take the hydration test

FAQs

  • How do I know if I’m dehydrated?

    Severe or prolonged dehydration can adversely impact your own health as well as the health of your baby. One of the most tell-tale signs of dehydration is the colour of your pee - if it’s dark yellow, orange or even brown, that usually means you are dehydrated. If your pee is a very light pale yellow, that usually means you are adequately hydrated. There are a number of other signs to look out for too. Take our Hydration Test to find out!

  • What are the benefits of hydration?

    Being hydrated decreases the risk of urinary tract infections, constipation and hemorrhoids, reduces swelling, increases your energy levels, keeps you cooler… shall we go on? (Don’t even get us started on the benefits for your skin). Also, if you’re breastfeeding, you need to stay hydrated in order to keep your baby hydrated! Since they get all their hydration and nutrients from your breastmilk, it’s important you’re keeping your milk supply up by consuming adequate fluids in order to pass it onto your baby. 

  • Does hydration help with fatigue and exhaustion?

    Yes! One of the big causes of fatigue in pregnancy and when breastfeeding is dehydration. (Sleep deprivation is obviously also a factor, but we can’t help with that - talk to your baby!) And to make matters worse, a symptom of dehydration is reduced energy and tiredness. Break the cycle! Keep your fluids up and make hydration a habit, by taking a water bottle with you everywhere you go or setting an alarm to remind you to hydrate. Replace lost electrolytes. The more hydrated you are, the more natural energy you will have and the better you will feel.

  • Does hydration help with morning sickness?

    It absolutely can. If you suffer from morning sickness (or general first trimester fatigue and nausea) drinking enough fluids is very important. Particularly because morning sickness causes dehydration. Many women find it hard to stomach lots of water if they are experiencing nausea, in which case an electrolyte drink such as Aquamamma can help. Some women need bubbles, so a carbonated drink may also help, or perhaps a soothing herbal tea. The main thing to remember is that you’re rehydrating with healthy fluids - not drinks with high sugar, sodium and calorie counts.

  • Can I get hydrated from things other than water?

    Yes! A lot of foods like watermelon and cucumber contain water and count towards your daily fluid intake. Saying that, it’s usually best to focus on getting your fluids from drinks rather than food. Herbal teas are a great way to get fluids, even milk counts! Just try and not drink too many fluids with lots of added sugars, like vitamin waters, cordial, energy and sports drinks, as they can result in excessive weight gain. 

  • Does too much fluid make you bloated?

    Actually it’s the opposite. Being dehydrated can make you bloated and swollen, whereas hydrating yourself and keeping your fluids up can help with swelling.