Increase your fluid intake

Staying well hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your baby. It helps keep your temperature down and fight infection.

Staying hydrated will also help replenish amniotic fluid, because the more you drink, the more urine your baby will produce. By 27 weeks gestation, your baby produces about 500 ml of urine into the amniotic sac each day. While much of this fluid may leak out again, pockets of fluid may accumulate and help with lung development.

  • Drink ten 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Drink more than that, if you can.
  • Drink milk and cranberry juice to help ward off infection.
  • Drink chamomile tea if you are having preterm labor. Don’t drink more than 3 cups per day, and wait 3 hours between cups. Drink the tea around the times that you are having the most contractions. Talk to your health care practitioner if you are unsure whether you should drink herbal tea.

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This information was compiled by the members of the PROM list. Nothing on this page should be taken as medical advice. A doctor should be consulted before undertaking any of the medical treatments or methods recommended by the members of the list.

Article by Kay Squires, January 2005, updated July 2011
Special thanks to the members of the PROM list