December 15th, 2022 | Pregnancy
Why We Need to Stay Hydrated During Pregnancy
Preggie Hydration is a product aimed at replenishing fluid, restoring electrolytes and trace minerals, and increasing energy levels. These benefits derive from its unique formulation of vitamins and minerals that promote your overall wellness during pregnancy. This article will discuss each of these components and their health advantages.
Vitamins are essential to your daily bodily functions as well as supporting a healthy pregnancy. While you can obtain vitamins from the food you eat, sometimes this is not enough during pregnancy. Likewise, clinicians often recommend prenatal vitamins to ensure sufficient levels and a healthy baby. Preggie Hydration contains a wide array of important vitamins, including but not limited to:
- Vitamin C. Vitamin C plays a role in supporting your immune system as well as developing strong muscles and bones.
- Vitamin D. Vitamin D works together with calcium to promote the development of a fetus’ teeth and bones.
- Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. B vitamins such as B6 and B12 help restore energy to help support the development of your fetus and build the placenta.
- Folate/folic acid. Folic acid, also referred to as folate, is a type of B vitamin that is critical during pregnancy. Folic acid helps support healthy growth and development of the fetus, preventing serious birth defects in the brain and spine of the fetus. These defects are known as neural tube defects1.
Electrolytes are minerals that play a critical part in bodily functions such as muscle contractions, nervous system function, and hydration. Hydration is particularly important during pregnancy. Hydration and electrolytes play a key role in fluid balance. The fluid balance within the fetus depends on the mother. Likewise, a proper fluid balance between the mother and fetus must be maintained. Complications such as premature birth or amniotic fluid volume abnormality can occur when the maternal-fetal fluid balance is disturbed2.
Dehydration is a specific concern during pregnancy, as pregnancy can cause illness or conditions resulting in a loss of fluid. Up to 70 percent of pregnant women, for example, get morning sickness. Symptoms associated with morning sickness such as vomiting, sweating, or more frequent urination can deplete your water and electrolyte stores3.
Electrolytes include minerals such as sodium, potassium, and calcium. Preggie Hydration is packed with several electrolytes, helping you to support your body during pregnancy. These electrolytes include:
- Calcium. Calcium helps to build your fetus’ teeth and bones1.
- Iron. Iron is important for keeping blood healthy and transporting oxygen. Pregnant women require higher iron intake to supply extra blood for the mother and fetus1,4.
- Magnesium. Magnesium supports healthy teeth and bones while promoting muscle and nerve function5.
- Zinc. Zinc aids in supporting the immune system, healing tissue, and creating protein and DNA6.
- Sodium. Sodium helps control fluid balance, which is critical to several bodily processes and carrying a fetus5.
- Potassium. Potassium helps excrete waste while maintaining valuable nutrients. It also plays a role in the functions of nerves, muscles, the heart, and metabolism5.
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- Sha, X., Xiong, Z., Liu, H., Di, X., & Ma, T. (2011). Maternal-fetal fluid balance and aquaporins: From molecule to physiology. Acta Pharmacologica Sinica, 32(6), 716–720. https://doi.org/10.1038/aps.2011.59
- Morning sickness with pregnancy: Causes, treatment & prevention. (n.d.). Cleveland Clinic. Retrieved October 28, 2022, from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16566-morning-sickness-nausea-and-vomiting-of-pregnancy
- Boston, 677 Huntington Avenue, & Ma 02115 +1495‑1000. (2019, September 16). Iron. The Nutrition Source. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/iron/
- Electrolyte imbalance: Types, symptoms, causes & treatment. (n.d.). Cleveland Clinic. Retrieved October 28, 2022, from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/symptoms/24019-electrolyte-imbalance
- Boston, 677 Huntington Avenue, & Ma 02115 +1495‑1000. (2019, November 1). Zinc. The Nutrition Source. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/zinc/