Water Q

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Second Trimester' started by TarableT, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. TarableT

    TarableT Active Member

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    Before I was pregnant, I was lucky to have 8 ounces of water a day. The first few weeks of pregnancy I drank more water, but MS set in and I couldn't keep anything down. Now I've been drinking lots more water. The other day I had about 48 ounces, which is out of control for me personally. Now when I drank that much, which isn't even that much I guess, I peed it out almost immediatly, like 5 minutes later. Is my body even maintaining anything at that point or is it just flushing everything out? I'll keep drinking as long as I'm thirsty, but I don't want to overdue it, considering this is like 40 ounces more a day then I've ever had. I know it's for the babies but I want to make sure I'm not overdoing it.
     
  2. Thistledown

    Thistledown Well-Known Member

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    My understanding is that the increased blood volume during pregnancy makes the kidneys work more efficiently, which is why we have to pee more. I think it's actually easier to get dehydrated when pregnant, because the kidneys are processing liquids faster. It's supposed to be a good thing - the body flushes out toxins through urine.

    It's really hard to drink too much water, especially if you feel thirsty. Wikipedia says that "Healthy kidneys are able to excrete approximately 1 litre of fluid water (0.26 gallons) per hour." So as long as you're drinking less than that, and continuing to pee, you're fine. ;)
     
  3. Samantha675

    Samantha675 Maybe baby #3?!?

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    You need lots of water when pregnant. Not just for yourself. You LO needs it for amniotic fluid.
     
  4. dragonhawk

    dragonhawk Mummy to Jonathan

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    I'm not sure how it works out in fluid ounces, but prior to being pregnant, I drank a lot of water. (I don't drink tea or coffee anyway, I can't stand the stuff.) So it wasn't unheard of for me to have 4+ litres everyday, more when doing intensive dance training.

    To be honest, I wouldn't have thought that there was a problem in drinking too much water. For that to happen it would have to be a LOT, I think the amount is into the gallons for this.

    If you are seriously concerned, ask someone at your next check up.
     
  5. DarlingMe

    DarlingMe Well-Known Member

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    Your amniotic fluid recycles every 24 hours, and it is a couple liters/quarts. Plus as others have mentioned the extra blood volume. It doesnt matter how much I drink, I am still in the bathroom every hour or so. If I drink more, I pee more volume, not more frequently. If that makes sense?

    You should drink until your urine looks almost clear in the bowl. A little yellow tint is ok but should look like light lemonade. So dont worry about drinking too much. I am drinking atleast double what you are and still feel thirsty. A normal adult should drink one ounce for every kg they weigh (1 kg=2.2 lbs) So if you weigh 150 lbs, you should drink atleast 68 oz. daily. During pregnancy they say to double that!
     
  6. lynnikins

    lynnikins Well-Known Member

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    you should be drinking plenty of fluids i dont get enough and the mirgranes the come with the dehydration are terrible lol im off to get a glass of water now
     
  7. TarableT

    TarableT Active Member

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    We are due the same day!
     
  8. Thistledown

    Thistledown Well-Known Member

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    :thumbup: Nifty! 11/22/11 is the best :laugh2:
     

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