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Expecting a child is one of the most exciting and joyful experiences in life. However, typical symptoms of pregnancy can be difficult to tolerate for some women. Common complaints of pregnant women include constipation, water retention and bloating, bladder infections and hemorrhoids. Some advanced cases of dehydration can result in reduced amounts of amniotic fluid and induce premature labor. An important way to help minimize these pregnancy-related issues is to drink plenty of water. Water carries nutrients through the blood to the baby and is vital in maintaining good health during pregnancy.

Experts recommend that pregnant women drink eight to ten 8-oz. glasses of water daily – with one extra glass for each hour of physical activity. Proper hydration can help prevent the above-mentioned symptoms and make the experience of pregnancy a more healthy and enjoyable experience for both baby and mother.