One of the things I always go over when working with my mamas to be is the importance of staying hydrated during pregnancy. Did you know that 57 percent of pregnant women are dehydrated? Dehydration can; lower amniotic fluid levels, cause neural tube defects due to deficiencies in nutrients that are vital for the health of mama and baby, cause constipation and hemorrhoids, contribute to fatigue, urinary tract infections and also might trigger preterm labor. In fact just a few weeks ago we had a MAJOR heatwave here in LA and my labor and delivery nurse friends told me the hospitals were packed with women coming in with preterm contractions from severe dehydration.
Although there are many recommendations on how much water people should drink (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggest eight 8 oz glasses of water per day.) but needs vary from person to person. People experiencing morning sickness, hyperemesis, live in hotter climates, or are more physically active and sweating often most likely need more water than others.
How to tell if you are dehydrated: Thirst being the first one, dizziness, headaches, dry mouth, chapped lips, dry looking skin, dark colored urine, not peeing very often, not sweating even in hot weather, feeling weak and exhausted, constipation, and hard poops.
When we created our Seedlyfe prenatal vitamin we wanted to not only make premium product that was packed full of 30 crucial vitamins and minerals to support a health pregnancy and developing baby (as well as before conception and after birth), we also knew the importance of hydration so we added 5 natural food based electrolytes for optimal hydration such as lemon, celery and seaweed powder. We also suggest adding your prenatal powder to a 16-20 oz water bottle and drink your vitamins throughout the day. Like most vitamins, we suggest taking with food.