Symptoms of Dehydration During Pregnancy, You Must Know

Divya Tripathi

, Health A2Z

Pregnancy is the time where you can see lots of ups and downs, sometimes it can be physical, and sometimes it can be mental. Dehydration is one of them, it is more common during pregnancy than at other times. Generally dehydration in pregnancy is mild, but severe dehydration can be dangerous for both the mother and the baby. So, let’s explore the symptoms of dehydration during pregnancy.


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Symptoms of Dehydration During Pregnancy


As we all know that the first sign of dehydration is feeling thirsty.


People who feel thirsty after sweating, spending long periods of time in the heat, or going for long periods without water are those who feel dehydrated


Other signs and symptoms of dehydration during pregnancy include:


  • A dry feeling in the mouth or throat
  • Dry lips
  • Dry-looking skin
  • Less elastic skin that looks sunken or thin
  • Less urination
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Less or no sweating, even in hot weather
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • Constipation, hard stools
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Some women can feel Braxton Hicks contractions when they are dehydrated.


When dehydration gets worse during the pregnancy, feelings of thirst can disappear. Some more severe symptoms of dehydration during pregnancy include:


  • Confusion along with dizziness
  • A racing heart
  • Changes in the baby’s pattern of movement
  • Low blood pressure, that can lead to dizziness or fainting
  • Severe dehydration can cause shock and organ failure. It may also harm the baby.


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What are the causes of dehydration during pregnancy?


The causes of dehydration fall into two general categories:


Not drinking enough water


Well, there are various recommendations available about the water intake, needs vary from person to person. Pregnancy places additional demands on the body. So women usually need to drink more water during pregnancy than earlier.


For example, Someone who is physically active or who lives in a hot climate will sweat more and will need more water.


People who make changes in their daily activity level suddenly or move to a warmer climate may need more water than they once did. If they do not adjust the amount they drink, they can become dehydrated.


When dehydration happens because of not drinking enough water, it is often easy to fix by just drinking more water — particularly in the early stages of dehydration.


Not absorbing enough water


Some medical conditions, especially those that cause vomiting and diarrhea, can make it difficult for the body to absorb the water it needs.


Nausea and vomiting are more common during pregnancy than at other times. Those with hyperemesis gravidarum, which occurs in 3 percent of pregnancies, may experience intense vomiting that causes weight loss and dehydration.




Here, we have discussed the symptoms of dehydration during pregnancy. We should take our extra care during this phase of time. if you feel dehydrated for a long period of time then you should consult your doctor, or you can download the GoMedii app for the teleconsultation.


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