Top 10 Symptoms And Complications Of Dehydration During Pregnancy


Dehydration is a common problem which causes thirst and lack of water in the body. A person’s body requires a huge quantity of water to regulate the blood flow, help the organs of the body to function properly, and for the proper development and growth of the body. This is the reason why the doctors and the clinicians suggest drinking bulk water a day. The pregnant woman needs all this water not only for her development but also for the development needs of the baby. The baby’s development is also equally important and thus it is needed to get sufficient water and reduce the risks of dehydration. Dehydration in pregnant women can cause severe circumstances and consequences if not prevented and treated properly. Here are some of the identifying symptoms and complications which severe dehydration can result into.

1. Dry Mouth

Extremely dry mouth is a prime and most well known symptom of dehydration. Due to lack of water, the body feels extremely thirsty and thus the mouth feels dry and rough. A sudden need of immense water is felt which the first and foremost symptom of dehydration is.

Dry Mouth

2. Fatigue And Headache

The doctors consider water as the most important and essential cure for headache. Due to more consumption, the blood circulation increases in the body which would help to reduce headache. Thus when the amount of water reduces in the body, headache and fatigue are the general and common symptoms which are faced by the pregnant women during dehydration. Also women suffering from dehydration faints during the morning and experience high weakness and dullness.

Fatigue And Headache

3. Infrequent Urination And Dark Urine

This is a very common and most discomforting problem which can occur during dehydration. You can you may not be able to urinate till around 7-8 hours in a row and face the urination problems. Your urine may not appear as the regular and clear urine. It may appear dark and unclear due to dehydration.

Infrequent Urination And Dark Urine

4. Constipation

Constipation occurs due to lack of water and fluids in the body. When the body does not get enough water to process the digestive foods, the metabolism gets weak and slow which results into constipation. Thus when dehydration occurs, this is a visible symptom a pregnant women can feel.



5. Dry And Itchy Skin

The correct and proper flow of water affects the most important organ of the body which is skin. If proper and adequate amount of water is consume by the mother, the blood flows in a stable manner and the skin stays nourished. Due to lack of water and dehydration, the skin gets dry, itchy and rough. This is a very common and notable symptom of dehydration in pregnant women.

Dry And Itchy Skin

6. Hypermisis Gravidarum

This is a complication or side effect of dehydration during pregnancy which can result into several circumstances. During this situation, the pregnant women feel constant vomiting. Morning sickness, fatigue, nausea and vomiting are the common symptom and causes during pregnancy but frequent vomiting and high morning sickness is the result of dehydration and can have severe consequences.

Hypermisis Gravidarum

7. Oligohydramnios

This is a complication which can result from dehydration which can affect the baby’s growth and development on a high basis. When the body faces lack of amniotic fluids and liquid in the body, this condition occurs and the baby’s kidney and other body parts are affected.


8. Premature Labour

One of the most significant and notable complication of pregnancy is the premature labour. Due to lack of water and fluids for development, due to hypermisis gravidarum and such conditions the premature labour can occur in pregnant ladies.

Premature Labour

9. Deformities In The Baby

The baby gets developed in the mothers body by utilizing the fluids and the liquids with the mother’s body has. Dehydration can cause lack of amniotic fluids and liquids which can affect the growth of the baby. It can cause deformities and impairments in the legs, arms and other body parts of the baby. When the body of the baby is in the mother’s womb, it floats in this amniotic liquid and develops. If this liquid gets reduced, the body may stop progressing and growing.

10. Blood In Stool

Along with constipation, this is another symptom which can occur during dehydration. The digestive system performs stably if it gets enough water and fluids for the process of metabolism and digestion. If proper fluids and not provided to the body, it can result into bleeding along with constipation. Blood in stool is due to lack of proper fluids and liquids and can result into several consequences.