What is Dehydration?
Dehydration and Pregnancy
Causes of Dehydration and Pregnancy
There are various causes of dehydration in pregnancy:
- Morning sickness can affect many pregnant women, especially in the first trimester. Common symptoms include nausea and vomiting, and as a result the woman does not feel like eating and drinking as much as they normally would. The loss of fluid and electrolytes through vomiting, together with the lack of food and fluid intake may result in dehydration.
- Nausea during pregnancy can cause a reduction in food and fluid intake – this may lead to dehydration.
- Labor – Depending on the length of labor the woman can lose considerable amounts of fluid & electrolytes through sweat.
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Management of Dehydration and Pregnancy
In order to prevent and relieve dehydration, pregnant women should consume an oral rehydration solution (Hydralyte) when they are at risk of dehydration.
Hydralyte is scientifically formulated to contain the correct balance of glucose and electrolytes for rapid rehydration. The formulation is based on the World Health Organization criteria for effective rehydration Water or sugary drinks are not as effective as Hydralyte, as they do not restore lost electrolytes (which retain the fluid).
Can I Use Hydralyte While Pregnant?
Hydralyte is suitable for breastfeeding mothers.
Hydralyte is also suitable for pregnant mothers. However, if you have a pregnancy-related condition such as pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure, or oedema, you should discuss this with your doctor.