One positive perk to pregnancy, I thought, was not ever having to worry about a hangover ever again — at least for nine-plus months, right? But who knew every day of early pregnancy feels like a horrible hangover without the fun the night before? There’s the headaches, the nausea, the dizziness and, yes, even the dry mouth and lips first thing in the morning. But I’m clearly not hungover since I’m sober as a nun these days, so why are my mouth and lips so dry when I’m pregnant?
Dr. G. Thomas Ruiz, an OB-GYN at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, says dry mouth and lips occur because “pregnancy causes body distribution of fluids into soft tissues, causing a decrease in the amount of fluid in the blood vessels. Decreased volume in the arteries and veins is going to make you thirsty and dry mouth is a sign that you need more fluid.”
I’ve been drinking 96 ounces of water a day, so how much water should you actually be drinking? There’s another reason pregnant ladies have to pee every five minutes, and it’s not just because their kidneys are moving around and their uterus is pressing on their bladder. According to What to Expect, pregnant women in “temperate climates” need to drink around 13 8-ounce glasses of water a day, which equals to be about 104 ounces — a little less than a gallon of water a day. Sheesh. Better start filling up that Nalgene more often ladies, it’s…
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