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I noticed this during my first two pregnancies, but didn't really pay attention -- figured there must something else going on.
But this time around, I know it for a fact. I have experimented. Normally drinking to thirst while pregnant, I drink no more than 2 cups sipping throughout the morning, no more than 2 cups in the afternoon, and then before bed I get pretty thirsty and drink 2 cups at once.
I'm only thirsty when I first wake up and about an hour after eating, and then before bed. I usually drink about a 1/4 cup at a time. I've never had issues with dehydration or high blood pressure while pg.
So this time around I have experimented with consciously drinking more -- drinking up to 12 cups as I have heard is suggested for pregnancy, and this results in a bad headache starting in the evening and lasting through the night. A couple days ago I felt some minor twinges while urinating and made sure to drink lots of water just in case a UTI was in the works, and i had a horrid headache all night long and even ended up taking ibuprofen at 4 in the morning.
I drink more water when I'm not pregnant! I have casually mentioned this to my midwife but it just kinda gets blown off as "that can't be", but now I know for sure that drinking lots of water gives me a headache. It makes me wonder if I'm really toxic or something. Any ideas on what's going on?