In "Raising Baby Green," Alan Greene, M.D., asks pregnant women to remember that their placenta is “providing approximately one cup of water each hour” just to replenish amniotic fluid in the womb. If mom doesn’t drink this much water, it will not magically appear for her growing baby.
The developing fetus places enormous demands for water onto the newly pregnant mom. The late F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., (Dr. B), was an internationally renowned researcher, author, and advocate of the natural healing power of water. In his books, "Your Body’s Many Cries for Water" and "Water for Health, for Healing, for Life," Dr. B tells pregnant moms to increase their intake of water when conceiving, if not sooner. He explains, “Every time a cell gives rise to a daughter cell, 75 percent or more of its volume has to be filled with water. In short, growth depends on the availability of water.
Experts say thirst is not a reliable indicator. By the time one feels thirsty, some systems of the body have already been denied water. Dr. B calls it a chronic form of “drought management. Further confusion lies in the idea that when we’re thirsty, we can substitute tea, coffee, or alcohol-containing beverages. This is a common error,” he said.
Puffy eyes, swollen ankles, and other abnormal accumulations of fluid (edema) are signs of dehydration during pregnancy, says Dr. B. He is not the only expert recommending pregnant women to drink water in order to teach their bodies that it’s OK to let some out. As a complication to the dehydration-caused fluid retention, Dr. B says it causes hypertension, which complicates 6 percent –10 percent of all pregnancies.
Paul Chek, HHP says, “Processed fruit juices are definitely no substitute for water.” Pasteurization, loss of nutrients, and cheap synthetic-fortified nutrients render juices more toxic than nutritious, he says in the audio program, "You Are What You Eat."
Chek recommends drinking pure filtered or glass-bottled artesian well water. Avoiding plastics is increasingly being recognized as important for a pregnant mom. Dr. B recommends passing clear urine as a sign that one is drinking enough water. Both recommend adding a pinch of unprocessed sea salt to water to ensure that the water enters the cells and reacts properly.