Most people have heard recommendations to drink eight glasses of water a day, but this can prove challenging, particularly for busy women who are trying to get pregnant. Taking time to drink water really is worth it, though. Water is vital to maintaining basic body functions, will help your baby be healthier when you do get pregnant and can improve fertility.
Water and Health
Your overall health plays an important role in whether you become pregnant. Fertility hinges on your body's ability to produce a healthy egg. Women who are severely malnourished or unhealthy might not ovulate at all. By drinking enough water, you increase your overall health, which increases fertility.
Water and Implantation
After an egg is fertilized, it must travel to the uterus and implant itself. Many fertilized eggs fail to implant, resulting in a very early miscarriage. Women usually mistake these miscarriages for their periods. Water plays an important role in this process because water is necessary for cell division, metabolism and reproduction. The cells of the uterine wall must be healthy for the egg to implant. Drinking water is a simple way to ensure the health of your uterus.
Water and Nutrients
A healthy egg is more likely to result in a healthy pregnancy. Water plays an essential role in this process. Without sufficient water, your body can't process nutrients and hormones. Because fertility is not vital to a woman's health, the reproductive system is first to suffer when a woman is chronically dehydrated.
Neurologist Lise Eliot reports that the first weeks of pregnancy play a critical role in embryonic and fetal health. This also is the time during which a woman is unlikely to know she is pregnant. By drinking water while trying to get pregnant, however, you ensure that your baby has adequate water from the moment of conception. Water helps carry nutrients to the placenta and is an important part of all aspects of fetal development. Without water, a developing baby cannot survive.
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