Posted March 09, 2019 12:00:55Pregnant and nursing women should drink about 2 liters of water daily for the first six months of life, according to a new study from the Australian National University.
Dr. Michelle McGlashan, a senior lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Sydney, said the recommendation is not only good advice for pregnant and nursing mothers but also good for babies.
“We know that drinking water is one of the most important things that mothers can do for their babies, particularly if they are very thirsty,” McGloshan said.
“It is important that they are drinking enough water, that they don’t overdo it, and that they do not get dehydrated during this period.”
What we do know is that drinking adequate amounts of water throughout the day helps protect the baby from dehydration and dehydration can cause problems with growth and development.
“She said there is a lot of information about the water content of the water in your water bottle, including the amount of sodium and chloride and how much potassium and magnesium are in it.”
So we know that in the first three months of a baby’s life the sodium content is usually around 10-12 per cent, so if you have too much sodium and too much chloride in your drinking water it can cause issues with growth in the brain,” she said.
Dr McGlathan said there are a number of factors that affect the amount and type of sodium that should be in your body during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”
For instance, in breastfeeding, there are certain factors that can affect the levels of calcium in the milk that can lead to a calcium deficiency,” she explained.”
This can lead, for example, to an increased risk of fractures in the baby, and there’s also a risk of anaemia, which can affect growth.
“In terms of potassium, it is known that pregnant women are more likely to be consuming too much potassium than not.”
Dr McClashan said the main recommendation for mothers is to drink 2 litres of water a day, for three days, for six months.
“That’s a lot, so to think about two litres of water per day, and you’re still getting water from the tap, it’s not a big deal,” she advised.
“You can do it, you can have a little bit of water and that’s it.
But, you know, you need to drink plenty of water for baby, especially in the beginning of life.”
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