Hydration is important for everyone, but it's especially key for pregnant people. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), proper hydration during pregnancy helps aid digestion, supports amniotic fluid production and promotes blood circulation, nutrient distribution and waste removal in the body.

But how much water is necessary during pregnancy? And is there such a thing as going overboard with the H2O? (Many a pregnant person's bladder might say yes.) Here's what you need to know about how much water you should drink while pregnant.

Pregnancy hydration

The truth is, there really doesn't seem to be any need to drink more water during pregnancy than at any other time in your life. ACOG recommends pregnant people aim to drink 8 to 12 cups (64 to 96 ounces) of water per day, which is about the same recommendation the Mayo Clinic gives for adult females (