Is it Normal to Feel Thirsty During Pregnancy?
“It’s entirely normal to feel extra thirsty during pregnancy, even during the first trimester,” says Donald Grant, MD, ChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, a general physician in Bristol, UK, and the clinical lead at The Independent Pharmacy. “Around the time other early symptoms of pregnancy start to show, increased thirst often accompanies them.” And although many of the other first trimester pregnancy symptoms may ease up as time passes, thirst in pregnancy is likely to stick around and even increase as the weeks pass.
What is abnormal is an unquenchable thirst that persists day and night and doesn’t go away despite drinking a lot of water. Pregnancy-related excessive thirst may be an indication of other health issues. Keep reading to learn more.
The simplest and most common explanation for why it suddenly feels like you’re drinking for two is that you are, says Grant. When you’re pregnant, your body needs more fluids than usual to support baby’s blood circulation, maintain a healthy level of amniotic fluid, and keep up with your own higher blood volume. You could be feeling hotter and sweating more than usual these days, which are both common side effects of growing a tiny human but can increase your need for fluid intake. Related Video.
Causes of Excessive Thirst in Pregnancy
If you’re thirsty all the time while pregnant, it may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as:
• Gestational diabetes. In rare cases, extreme thirst in pregnancy could be a sign of gestational diabetes, says Kecia Gaither, MD, an OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist and director of perinatal services for NYC Health+Hospitals/Lincoln. But in most cases, gestational diabetes doesn’t cause any symptoms at all—that’s why every pregnant woman gets tested for it.
• HELLP Syndrome. When a pregnant woman’s liver enzymes are out of balance, a rare condition known as HELLP Syndrome develops, requiring close observation until the baby is delivered. Other signs and symptoms besides excessive thirst include exhaustion, nausea, and pain in your upper right abdomen.
Call your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms so they can help you determine what’s causing them and advise you on the best course of action.
You need to drink a lot of water for both you and the baby to be healthy. Additionally, you’ll be perspiring more to stay cool while pregnant. You must give Baby plenty of water because the amniotic sac, in which he or she spends the first nine months of life, is filled with fluids to support growth. It%E2%80%99s possible that your extra thirst is a symptom of gestational diabetes, but this only occurs in 5-10% of pregnancies
It’s a good idea to drink more than the recommended eight glasses of water per day while pregnant, up to ten glasses, and possibly even a little more if you exercise frequently. You may want to avoid eating too much salty food in order to reduce your insatiable thirst. Avoiding drinks that are high in sugar, caffeine, and alcohol can also help you feel less thirsty because these beverages do not hydrate you very well. The best way to ensure you’re always hydrated is to stick to water and juices without artificial sweeteners. While you shouldn’t force yourself to drink a lot of water, you should be aware of how much you’re already consuming and whether you still need more.