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#1 of 14 Old 11-04-2006, 01:42 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I am 14 weeks as of this weekend (yay!) and a couple days a week I have noticed I have really dry mouth and am thirsty despite drinking TONS of water. Am I possibly drinking to much and should maybe drink something with more salt and electrolytes like Gatorade or something? Has anyone else had this problem?
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I also have to drink constantly throughout the day and also keep a bottle of water by the bed to drink all night long because I wake up absolutely DYING of thirst. Happened to me last pregnancy as well so I think it's normal.
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Probably normal, but do you have anything else going on? When I recently had the extreme thirst/dry mouth thing going on I also had some blisters forming on the inside of my lower lip...weird. So I looked it up in one of my homeopathic reference books and, sure enough, there was a remedy for those things together, sulphur, IIRC. I took one dose and everything cleared up. Of course I still make sure that I drink loads of water everyday.

Oh, and if you want to try a drink, see if you can find Recharge instead of Gatorade. I know that they carry it at Wild Oats, but not sure if it's available everywhere. It's what my midwives recommend having on hand during labor and is IIRC, just a little more natural than the gatorade mixture.

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Excessive thirst can be a sign of gestational diabetes. I would not just assume this is "normal"... I would talk to dr. or midwife about it.
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I didn't mention GD because that's typically a late-pregnancy complication and you're only 14 weeks, but yes, if you're concerned you should talk to your OB or midwife.
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Excessive thirst can be a sign of diabetes in general.

I once read that a good way to decide how much water your body needs is to take your weight and divide it in half, and drink this number of ounces each day. (say you weigh 150 / 2 = 75 ounces per day) If you find that you are needing much more than this, I would be concerned enough to mention it at your next appointment.

It may be nothing, but diabetes was the first thing that came to my mind when I read your thread title.
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I would also mention it to your MW or Dr just to be safe. I had this "problem" with my first as well as now with my current pregnancy. My MW suggested gum or candies of some type so you don't feel like your drowning. I will end up drinking soooo much water I am up all night peeing, so especially after 6PM, something to keep your mouth moist helps. The nature stores will have candies that are simply fruit juices, those are my favs. (Sometimes brushing my teeth helps too, especially my tounge.)

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Diabetes was my first thought, too. Ds was diagnosed with diabetes last year, and that was definitely a big part of what was going on. (The other thing was peeing a lot, but that's hard to tell when you're also pregnant and drinking a lot ) He was soooo desperate for water! It was like we were being terribly abusive by not giving him water at bedtime.

Ask your dr. or mw for a fasting glucose. It will be probably be very obvious if you have diabetes. With ds, we took it first thing in the am, and it was 303. Pretty obvious.

Of course, a pregnant woman needs a lot more water, so it may just be that. Especially since you're entering the second trimester, when your body starts doubling its blood volume. But I would get it checked out anyway. It's better to know for sure.

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Excessive thirst can be a sign of gestational diabetes. I would not just assume this is "normal"... I would talk to dr. or midwife about it.
I agree. A friend of mine had gest. diabetes and that was one of her symptoms.

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Hmmm. I definitely don't have diabetes, but I am definitely super thirsty all of the time!

Along with increasing your blood supply, remember you are also replacing amniotic fluid 3 times a day!
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So I have figured it out I think....
It has been cold and dry here in SC for only the second time this year. Not only have I been having dry mouth, my skin is a little dryer, my lips are chapped, and I have had a couple of nosebleeds (normal for me this time of year pregnant or not) I think I am just dry in general. No signs or risk of gestational diabetes (dr. on reccent visit agrees). I also just got over a major cold so maybe I am replacing fluids? Anyways, the weather is warming a bit and it is getting better, and I haven't been chugging quite so much this weekend. Am still peeing 3 times a night though!
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Excessive thirst can be a sign of gestational diabetes. I would not just assume this is "normal"... I would talk to dr. or midwife about it.
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also i think dry mouth could be a thyroid problem you might want to ask at any rate to see what healthcare pro thinks.
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I had this at the same time during the pregnancy... I just made sure that I drank as much as I could... It finally went away but took a few months....

 
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I would definitely recommend drinking something with electrolytes and seeing if that helps. What I do is that I just put some sea salt into water and stir. When it tastes slightly salty, but not too salty (think about like contact solution, not like sea water), then that's when I drink it. Sea salt is cheap and has the perfect balance of electrolytes for your body.
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