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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE DEHYDRATION DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

       

What is dehydration during pregnancy?

Dehydration is a deficiency of water in the body. It’s not a disease, but rather a state that can result from numerous different causes, both during pregnancy and when you’re not pregnant. One common reason for dehydration is the failure to maintain adequate hydration by drinking enough water. During pregnancy, failing to hydrate yourself adequately can lead to dehydration faster than in non-pregnant women, because the hormonal changes in pregnancy speed up your loss of electrolytes and fluids. At the same time, as the pregnancy progresses, the volume of blood in your body increases by up to 50 percent, meaning that your body needs to hold 1.5 times as much water as it usually holds. 


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