The past 5 days have been filled with thirst, no matter how much water I drink my mouth has been physically dry. Chugging water at work, waking up thirsty in the morning. I am a water drinking maniac but something was missing, flavor, texture and a spark. Enter orange juice and my entire body loving it.
Nothing was tasting quite right and no amount of water was quenching my thirst like orange juice.
Is this a craving? It must be, not much will get me to put on clothes and go to the grocery store before 9am on a Saturday.
This article explained why I am so thirsty pretty well:
Pregnancy is a time when the body’s fluid requirements shoot up. An average person should drink 8 glasses of water a day, but a pregnant woman is advised to drink at least 10 glasses to satisfy the body’s requirements. There is also a sharp increase in the blood volume of a pregnant woman, almost as much as 40%. The extra blood provides nutrition and oxygen to the developing embryo. All that extra blood your body is producing uses up a lot of water. If you are in your first trimester and realize that you are feeling thirsty all too often, drink lots of water. This is a sign that your body needs all that extra fluid to accommodate the increasing volume of blood. Water is also crucial for new cell development and is the major constituent of amniotic fluid, especially in the first trimester.Advice
- Along with water, include enough fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Drink milk and fresh fruit juice. Not only are they a major source of all essential vitamins and minerals, the fluid content in them will help your body meet its demand for liquids.
- Cut back on soda and salty foods. Salt contains sodium, and it can cause water retention, and may lead to dehydration. Dehydration can cause fatigue, constipation, and in severe cases may lead to miscarriage or preterm labor.
If you are still concerned about feeling thirsty all the time, make an appointment to see your ob/gyn.
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