Caring for Your Kidneys During Pregnancy  

Caring For Your Kidneys During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it also brings about significant changes in your body. Your kidneys work overtime to support your health and the development of your growing baby. At Texas Advanced Renal Health, we emphasize the importance of caring for your kidneys during this special time. Let’s take a look at how pregnancy affects your kidneys and what you can do to promote their well-being. 

How Does Pregnancy Impact Kidney Function? 

The body undergoes numerous changes during pregnancy that can affect your kidney function. Increased blood volume and hormonal changes can lead to higher filtration rates, putting additional stress on the kidneys. For most expecting women, these changes are well-managed by the body and do not lead to problems. However, women with pre-existing kidney disease or those who develop complications during pregnancy may require specialized care.  

Recognizing the Signs of Kidney Stress

Signs of kidney stress during pregnancy may include the following: 

  • Swelling of the hands, face, or feet 
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Urinating less often or in smaller amounts
  • Pain or discomfort in the kidney area
  • Reduced appetite
  • Fatigue and weakness

What Is Preeclampsia?

While most women experience kidney changes during pregnancy, it’s important to be aware of a complication known as preeclampsia. Characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, it usually develops after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Preeclampsia can cause headaches, vision changes, severe upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and rapid weight gain. If not addressed, the serious condition can cause kidney damage and be life-threatening to the mother and child. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate attention or head to your nearest hospital emergency room. 

Tips for Caring for Your Kidneys During Pregnancy

  • Drink Plenty of Water: Staying hydrated is essential for promoting kidney health. We recommend drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water every day to support your kidneys and help them filter waste efficiently. 
  • Maintain a Balanced Diet: A nutritious diet rich in vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains can help support your kidney health during pregnancy. Limit your intake of salt and processed foods to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and kidney strain.
  • Monitor Your Blood Pressure: High blood pressure can be a sign of kidney stress and can lead to complications during pregnancy. Monitor your blood pressure regularly to ensure any issues are addressed promptly. 
  • Avoid NSAIDs: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, can affect your kidney function. Always consult with your healthcare provider before taking any medication during pregnancy.
  • Regular Prenatal Care: Regular check-ups are essential for monitoring your kidney function and overall health during pregnancy. Your routine screenings will include urine and blood tests to monitor your kidney function and rule out any concerns.
  • Manage Pre-Existing Conditions: If you have pre-existing kidney issues or other risk factors for kidney complications, let your healthcare provider know. Managing these conditions throughout pregnancy will reflect on your and your tiny newcomer’s health. 

Trusted Kidney Care Near Me in McKinney, TX

Contact Texas Advanced Renal Health to learn about maintaining your kidney health during pregnancy. Dr. Saddedin and our dedicated team will provide you with the guidance and care you need to navigate this special time with confidence and peace of mind. We invite you to call us at 972-548-4833 to schedule your appointment today!