Drinking Pedialyte in Pregnancy: Is it SAFE or Not?

Short Answer: Pedialyte is good for dehydration, but not enough for pregnancy.

Dehydration is a condition that affects your fluid balance and electrolyte levels in your body.

In dehydration, your body loses more water and minerals than it takes in.

This can lead to various health problems, such as low blood pressure, dizziness, headaches, constipation, cramps, and premature labor.

One of the key factors in managing dehydration is diet.

What you consume can affect your hydration status, which can impact your dehydration symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage dehydration, you should consume fluids and electrolytes rich foods and drinks like water, coconut water, broth, fruits, and vegetables and avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sugary drinks like soda and juice.

Now, pedialyte is a drink that contains water, sugar, and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, chloride, zinc, and citrate.

People usually drink pedialyte when they are dehydrated due to vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or excessive sweating.

Pedialyte is good for dehydration because it contains electrolytes that help to restore the fluid balance in your body.

However, pedialyte is not specifically designed for pregnancy and may not provide enough calories or nutrients for you and your baby.

One 8-ounce serving of pedialyte can give you about 10% of your daily sodium needs, 8% of your daily potassium needs, 9% of your daily chloride needs, 10% of your daily zinc needs, and 4% of your daily citrate needs.

It also contains 25 grams of sugar and 100 calories.

Sodium can help to maintain blood pressure and fluid balance in your body.

Potassium can help to regulate muscle contractions and nerve impulses.

Chloride can help to balance the acidity and alkalinity of your body fluids.

Zinc can help to support your immune system and wound healing.

Citrate can help to prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

However, too much sodium can cause high blood pressure and swelling in your legs and feet.

Too much potassium can cause irregular heartbeat and muscle weakness.

Too much chloride can cause fluid retention and acidosis.

Too much zinc can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and copper deficiency.

Too much citrate can cause stomach upset and diarrhea.

Furthermore, pedialyte is a rehydration drink and rehydration drinks are good for dehydration but not enough for pregnancy.

Because they do not contain enough calories or nutrients to support the growth and development of your baby.

You can drink pedialyte occasionally if you are dehydrated due to vomiting or diarrhea during pregnancy.

However, you should not rely on pedialyte as your main source of hydration or nutrition.

You should also consult with your doctor before drinking pedialyte if you have any medical conditions or allergies.

Also, you shouldn’t drink pedialyte if you have hypernatremia (high blood sodium levels), hyperkalemia (high blood potassium levels), or kidney disease to prevent worsening of these conditions.

Because pedialyte contains high amounts of sodium and potassium that can aggravate these conditions.

You can buy pedialyte online or offline from various brands and stores.

Finally, remember that maintaining a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing dehydration effectively during pregnancy.

I always recommend my dehydration patients to follow a hydration-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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