Dehydration is dangerous for anyone, but it can be especially dangerous during pregnancy when it can lead to an increased fetal heart rate and preterm labor. it is important to recognize the symptoms of dehydration during pregnancy so that you can quickly treat it with increased fluids to protect yourself and your baby.
If you suspect you may be dehydrated during pregnancy, look for the following signs and symptoms:
You may have a dry, sticky-feeling mouth and throat if you are dehydrated. As your body “dries up,” you may also feel extremely thirsty. In addition to a dry mouth, your lips may be very chapped when you are dehydrated.
Your skin needs water too. Dry skin may also be a sign of dehydration during pregnancy. You may be surprised by the recovery your skin makes when you begin getting the proper amount of fluids.
Fatigue is another symptom of dehydration you may notice. While it is common to feel tired during pregnancy, if you notice an increase in fatigue along with other symptoms of dehydration, it’s important to make sure you are getting enough fluids.
Dehydrated pregnant women may also have a decrease in urine or dark-colored urine. Paying attention to your urine is a good way to tell if you need more water. Constipation is another symptom that can occur with dehydration during pregnancy.
When a pregnant women is dehydrated, the baby may be less active. Dehydration affects your baby too, so it’s important to treat it. In some cases, dehydration can cause preterm labor. Replacing lost fluids may stop the contractions.
Treatment of dehydration involves replacing lost fluids. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, pregnant women should have about 10 cups of fluids per day, although the amount depends on the temperature, your size, and level of activity.
Check with your doctor if you are showing signs of dehydration during pregnancy. You should drink a glass of water when you notice the symptoms, and then continue to make sure you are getting enough fluids.
In severe cases of dehydration during pregnancy, treatment may include receiving fluids at the hospital, especially if illness is preventing you from keeping fluids down.
In hot weather, dehydration can lead to heat exhaustion in pregnant women. Pregnant women with heat illness should seek medical attention, and drink water on the way to the hospital. Some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion include headache, fatigue, nausea, an increased pulse, and possibly fainting.
Dehydration during pregnancy should be taken seriously. Your baby depends on the water you consume, so make sure you take in enough for both of you. Take steps at home to keep yourself hydrated if you haven’t been drinking enough fluids during pregnancy, and get medical treatment if illness is preventing you from getting the appropriate amount of fluids.
Personal experience with dehydration during pregnancy
Dehydration. Medline Plus
Preterm Labor. Yahoo! Health
Got Water? CDC
The Scoop on Summer Pregnancy Issues. Parents.com