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healthy moms Water FLUID CHECK


Your body needs adequate fl uids to carry out normal functions. So, how much water should we drink every day? T is is a topic of debate. According to the Institute of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic, a good rule of thumb is 9 cups of fl uid daily for women. Caff eine robs you of hydration because it can


cause you to lose fl uids, so your morning coff ee won’t count! Keep your fl uid intake simple with water,


STAYING HYDRATED IS KEY TO FEELING GREAT BY SUSAN PECK, MSN, APN works


Have you had enough to drink today? Are you feeling sluggish, lightheaded or have a headache? Are you struggling with constipation? If so, you may be dehydrated.


fl avored water, or decaff einated tea. Remember that you may require more than 9 cups with illness or strenuous exercise.


DEALING WITH DEHYDRATION


Dehydration happens when you lose more fl uids than you are drinking. You probably already know the most basic way to tell if you’re drinking enough: Your urine will be light or clear in color. Don’t trust your thirst as a sign—it’s usually not a good indicator until you’re really dehydrated, and it’s especially not reliable in young children or the elderly. Rather, says the Mayo Clinic, look for these


signs of dehydration:  Fatigue  Headache  Constipation  Dry mouth or dry skin  Decreased urine output  Dark or concentrated urine


After not drinking enough fl uids, diarrhea and vomiting are the most common causes of dehydration. Fever also causes dehydration, especially high fever. Excessive sweating and increased urination can also put you at risk. Living higher than 8,000 feet in elevation can also make you more susceptible to dehydration.


SERIOUS DEHYDRATION


Left unchecked, dehydration can lead to serious consequences, including low blood volume and a drop in blood pressure, what experts call hypovolemic shock. Dehydration can also lead to kidney failure, seizures due to electrolyte imbalance, and even coma or death. In severe cases, it’s possible to lose large amounts


of fl uids and electrolytes in a very short time. Infants, young children and the elderly are more at risk than others for the eff ects of dehydration.


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Rehydrate with water or other drinks that contain electrolytes


Avoid milk, sodas, caffeinated beverages or fruit juices as these don’t replenish your fluids and may make symptoms worse


Seek treatment if you can’t keep any liquids down


Nurse your baby often if she is sick to keep her hydrated


DEHYDRATION IN PREGNANCY


Kate Middleton put the spotlight on a rare and risky form of severe nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: Hyperemesis Gravidarum. While 90% of pregnant women experience morning sickness, which can cause vomiting, only 2% experience HG, which is so severe medical intervention is required.


SUSAN PECK, MSN, APN, is a women’s health nurse practitioner in a busy OB/GYN Practice in New Jersey.


IF YOU OR


YOUR CHILD IS DEHYDRATED:


Don’t wait until


you’re thirsty to get the 9 cups of water women need each day.


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