Alkaline Water and Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be an exciting and scary time! From the moment the pregnancy test turns positive, there comes a whole new set of emotions and questions, including what is and isn’t safe for you and your baby. It’s pretty common knowledge to stay away from cigarettes, alcohol and shellfish, but what about alkaline water? Can you continue to drink it while pregnant?
According to scientist, inventor, author and promoter of alkaline water Sang Whang, “When a woman gets pregnant, she loses quite a bit of alkaline minerals to the fetus. . . . In the early stage of the pregnancy, [the] mother’s body loses alkaline minerals to the placenta to make sure that the adequate amounts of alkaline minerals are there to neutralize all the acidic discharges from [the] fetus for the next 9 months. This causes her blood to become acidic rather suddenly, which is the cause of morning sickness, as discovered by Japanese doctors.”
Even though pregnancy should be a wonderful time in your life, unpleasant side effects often come along with it. Here are some of those side effects and how alkaline water may be able to help.
Indigestion and heartburn: More than half of all pregnant women report symptoms of severe heartburn. Heartburn may occur during pregnancy because of changing hormone levels. Also, an enlarged uterus can crowd your abdomen, pushing stomach acid up. Alkaline water can help alleviate heartburn by helping to buffer some of those stomach acids. You can read more how alkaline water can help with heartburn here: Alkaline Water for Acid Reflux
Constipation: Increased levels of hormones, iron supplementation and pressure on your rectum from your uterus can all cause constipation during pregnancy. The best ways to relieve constipation are to increase your fiber intake and drink at least six to eight glasses of water per day. You can read more about how alkaline water can help with constipation here: Can Alkaline Water Help with Constipation?
Decreased energy and fatigue: Many pregnant women feel sluggish and tired from time to time, especially in the first and third trimesters. You can blame this fatigue on hormones and the extra work your body has to do to accommodate the new life forming inside of you. Staying properly hydrated is important. It can help boost your energy levels and balance your immune system. You can learn more about how ionized alkaline water improves energy here: Top 5 Ways to Boost Energy Naturally!
Morning sickness: As you may already know, the term morning sickness is misleading because it can occur at any time of day. Again, those good old hormones can be partially to blame for your feelings of sickness. Symptoms can range from nausea to vomiting several times a day. Morning sickness usually dissipates around 12 weeks, but some women suffer with morning sickness throughout their whole pregnancy. Alkaline water may be able to help. Sang Whang says, “If the mother had [an] adequate alkaline reserve, i.e., plenty of alkaline mineral supply in the form of alkaline buffer in the blood, she would not even have morning sickness. Otherwise, not only would she have a severe case of morning sickness, but the placenta would not have enough alkaline minerals to neutralize all the acidic discharges from the fetus during the pregnancy.”
If you are trying to conceive, it’s a good idea to drink plenty of alkaline water as well. Sang Whang suggests, “Before a woman becomes pregnant, she should drink [an] ample amount of alkaline water to avoid morning sickness and have a healthy baby. Without enough alkaline minerals, the woman ages considerably during pregnancy and may experience all kinds of post-delivery problems.”
If you’re trying to get pregnant, we wish you the best of luck! If you are already pregnant, congratulations! We wish you a safe, healthy and happy pregnancy! If alkaline water has helped you during your pregnancy with any of the symptoms listed above or any other ailments, we would love to hear from you! Please share your story with us!
Disclaimer: Please speak with your doctor before starting or continuing any health-related regimen. This article is only meant to offer information and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. We do not claim to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.