I thought I would share with you my biggest pet peeve when it comes to pregnant patients...dehydration! Almost every patient that comes in with "abdominal pain" and is not "in labor" is dehydrated. I had a patient tell me that she just "can't drink water, it makes her nauseated," well that makes your nurse even more nauseated! Not to mention the patient that has only had 2 liters of Mountain Dew to drink that day, uggh! If you aren't drinking enough WATER you can cause yourself preterm contractions which can sometimes cause preterm labor. It is the simplest thing in the world to do to prevent yourself pain, so why not just do it. The test for me if I am drinking enough is, I look at my pee when it comes out, if it is almost clear or clear then I am hydrated enough. If you get up from the toilet and it is neon yellow or orange, GO DRINK SOME WATER!!!!
Thanks for listening!