Experts warn that dehydration may cause premature labor

Pregnancy symptoms can be challenging to cope with, and the warm weather can make them seemingly worse. Expectant mothers who have to deal with morning sickness, fatigue and back aches won't find it any easier to do when the summer heat arrives. Now, they have a whole new concern to be aware of - dehydration.

FOX affiliate FOX-10 News reported that fetal development can be negatively impacted by extreme heat and dehydration. Mothers who experience dehydration are at risk of going into labor prematurely. In the least, summer heat may result in cramps, headaches and additional fatigue, according to gynecologists. Cecilia Nava, an expectant mother living in Arizona, is one woman who knows all about these symptoms. 

"I started feeling painful cramping in my lower abdomen and also lower back pain," Nava told the news source. "I called my doctor the following morning, and they had a nurse call me back and I told her my symptoms and - dehydration. Especially out in the heat. I was running errands all day and I didn't drink enough water."

When temperatures are extremely high, medical experts recommend that pregnant women reduce their amount of time spent outdoors in addition to drinking plenty of water. Doing so can help women ensure healthy baby development.

Am I drinking enough water?
Whether or not you're pregnant, dehydration can be a serious cause for concern. When your body isn't getting enough fluids, you risk inflammation of the brain and kidney failure if you allow the situation to become severe, according to the Mayo Clinic. There are many reasons why some people don't drink enough water - the U.S. National Library of Medicine states that mouth pain, nausea and loss of appetite are the most common. However, ensuring that you're getting enough fluids is critical to maintaining your overall well-being.

Ideally, you should never wait until you're extremely thirsty to seek hydration. Drinking water in addition to consuming fruits and vegetables with high water content can help you stay healthy. Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about how dehydration may affect your pregnancy. Your doctor can let you know which signs to look out for if you think you might be experiencing dehydration.

How have you stayed cool and hydrated during a summer pregnancy? Do you have any tips on avoiding dehydration? Leave your feedback in the comments section!