Stay Hydrated

Another cause of MORNING SICKNESS is dehydration.  MORNING SICKNESS is a sign of thirst for both the fetus and the mother.  During the early phase of pregnancy, the very first indicator for water needs of the fetus and the mother seems to be MORNING SICKNESS.

As late as 32 weeks of gestation, the fetus is more than 80% water and is surrounded by amniotic fluid, which is water.  The fetus continuously swallows this fluid for nourishment.  Each day about 250 milliliters for every kilogram of body weight (the equivalent for an adult about 5 gallons per day) is swallowed by the fetus.  Without this constant swallowing of water and nutrients, the fetus would become malnourished and the digestive system itself could not be properly formed.

It is very important for those preparing for pregnancy and those who are already pregnant to stay very well hydrated!  Drink at least ½ your body weight in water at the very minimum.

*Sources:  “Staying Healthy with Nutrition” Haas/Levin

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