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J Perinat Educ. 2002 Summer;11(3):40-2.

Nutrition Column An Update on Water Needs during Pregnancy and Beyond.

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K risten M ontgomery is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Adequate water intake is essential to maintaining life. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should be encouraged to increase their intake of water and other fluids to meet their bodies' needs. Infants do not need additional water; breast milk or formula contributes adequate amounts of water to their diet.

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