Would you like to be a member of our research panel? Join here - there's (nearly) always a great incentive offered for your views.

3 litres!!

(19 Posts)
MissTwister Wed 13-May-15 16:18:26

I had monitoring today at the hospital and the MW said the baby's heartbeat is at the top end of normal at 155.

She said I needed to bring it down and it was probably high due to dehydration. Now I've been trying to increase my water intake (it used to be pretty much zero) but she said I need to drink 3 LITRES of water a day. That seems insane doesn't it!! It's 6 small bottles....

applecore0317 Wed 13-May-15 16:26:45

Not really, your kidneys work a lot harder when pregnant so it's easier to get dehydrated. I easily drink that in a day smile

sizethree Wed 13-May-15 16:28:21

It does seem like a huge amount doesn't it. I bought one of these from Amazon and find it easier to keep hydrated as I keep it n my desk (and have a smaller size one in my handbag) also saved a fortune not constantly buying bottles of water. www.amazon.co.uk/Aladdin-Litre-Bottle-Future-Insights/dp/B003HGGOEK/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1431530847&sr=1-1&keywords=aladdin+water+bottle

MissTwister Wed 13-May-15 18:09:15

Have had a few large glasses - fear I am off 3 litres though. Water is just so urgh and the more I drink weirdly the thirstier I get!

Focusfocus Wed 13-May-15 18:09:32

That's not a huge amount. Water being my only drink, I drink in pint glasses - I easily go through 6 pints a day!

Lunastarfish Wed 13-May-15 18:12:23

If you don't like the taste of water buy some lemons, mint and cucumber.

Fill a jug with water and mint and cucmber and leave in the fridge. It tastes nice and is very refreshing.

With lemon, just slice it to add to plain water as and when.

sizethree Wed 13-May-15 18:36:18

misstwister does it definitely have to be pure water? I thought as long as you don't over do the caffeine (coke, coffee tea etc) or drinks that act as a dieuretic of are overly sugary, then any liquids count. Like orange juice at breakfast or sugar free diluting juice instead of water. Even liquid in soup, melon etc.

MissTwister Wed 13-May-15 19:16:52

I guess not pure water. She said caffeinated drinks don't count. I think she meant on pure liquid firm though so on top of food

Whatabout Wed 13-May-15 19:19:35

Caffeinated drinks do count, and liquid in food. Don't stress about it, just try and keep your wee clearish and move along.

BowiesJumper Wed 13-May-15 19:40:15

Have some orange squash or something if you hate water (just keep it on the weak side).

mousmous Wed 13-May-15 19:42:38

water is not the only drink. fruit infusions can be nice or diluted juice.

MissTwister Wed 13-May-15 19:42:47

That's the thing whatabout my wee has been really dark even though I was drinking more. I'm not stressed its just a pain as I don't enjoy drinking liquid and it also makes me a bit nauseous.

Thanks all for tips though - am going to do cucumber water tomorrow

Emz1989 Thu 14-May-15 19:30:19

Try getting a big clear bottle and marking 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm etc at regular intervals down the side of the bottle and using them as markers. I've been doing it this week and it's like little, achievable targets throughout the day! Then I make sure I have a pint of water before work and with my evening meal. It's made it seem much more manageable - it really is so important to stay hydrated. My midwife wanted me admitted to hospital a few weeks ago just through my own selfish dehydration so I've really made an effort x

MissTwister Fri 15-May-15 07:18:24

Thanks Emz1989 - how much were you drinking when dehydrated, and how did they know you were dehydrated?

I saw a different MW yesterday who told me 3 litres was far too much!!

ToriB34 Fri 15-May-15 07:55:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MissTwister Fri 15-May-15 09:18:41

When I saw the MW yesterday it was at 140 again so I guess it's just fluctuating.

ovumahead Fri 15-May-15 23:02:00

3 litres of pure water is a bit bonkers. I'd get a second opinion. Drinking enough is very important but as others have said this definitely does not have to be pure water! Treat yourself to some nice sparkling mineral water, get some lemons,drink herbal tea, and as long as you're not drinking more than 200mg caffeine per day, tea and coffee count as well (it's a myth that they don't - you'd have to drink loads of caffeine for it to be a diuretic). Dot fret about it. Go by the colour of your pee - pale yellow is best. If it's clear, you're over hydrated. Dark, and your kidneys will be stressed.

ancientbuchanan Fri 15-May-15 23:06:44

Use a straw. You drink more through a straw than just sipping. Strange but true.

MissTwister Sun 17-May-15 10:24:36

Thanks Ovumahead. I did know about caffeinated drinks counting but that was one of the things that made me doubt the midwife's advice as she told me a cup of tea would actually dehydrate me. Rubbish!

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now