hyponatremia

A water birth video recently went viral without much mention of safety. Proponents of this fringe delivery method are solving a problem that we don't have. Human birth is an unpredictable and often traumatic journey — so why add a risk factor to an already-risky endeavor?
Warnings about dehydration — especially for elite athletes abound. Water stations are frequent at marathon races. But as a recent report shows, you can have too much of a good thing, and excessive hydration can bring on hyponatremia, which can be dangerous and in some cases, even fatal.