Pregnancy causes a lot of symptoms in a woman’s body. While some of the symptoms are common, others are rare and affect only few women. One of the rare symptoms is thirst, which at times can be very intense. Although ignored by most women, intense thirst that lasts for days before fading away only to recur later can mean two things; the body is dehydrated or there is a serious medical condition that needs to be addressed. Pregnant women who experience intense thirst therefore need to consult their doctors for advice and medical evaluation.
Why are pregnant women so thirsty? One reason for this is because of dehydration. Although this can occur at stage of pregnancy, it is most common during the first trimester. This is the time when a woman’s body requires increased intake of fluids. This is also the time when a woman’s blood volume increases. It is the increase of blood volume that makes it possible for the embryo to obtain the necessary oxygen and nutrients to develop. The increase in blood volume draws a lot of water available in a woman’s body, leaving the body dehydrated. For this reason, pregnant women need to increase the intake of water. In addition to this, they also need to drink other safe drinks and eat lots of vegetables and fruits to supplement fluid level in the body.
There is no doubt that one of the symptoms that pregnancy presents is frequent urination. This mostly occurs during the first and second trimesters. Frequent urination usually occurs because the pressure exerted on the bladder by the enlarging uterus. Frequent urination draws a lot of water from the body, leading to dehydration. It is very important to point out that frequent urination can also be caused by high blood sugar level. This makes it very necessary for a pregnant woman experiencing intense thirst to visit her doctor who may recommend glucose tolerance test to confirm or rule out the risk of gestational diabetes.
Another reason why are pregnant women so thirsty is because of low blood pressure. According to The American Heart Association, majority of women who experience intense thirst during the second trimester do have low blood pressure brought about by the hearts action of pumping additional blood to all parts of the body, including the growing baby. This is a difficult task that greatly lowers blood pressure. Apart from intense thirst, a pregnant woman may also experience such other symptoms as dizziness, body fatigue and blurred vision amongst other symptoms.