It is important for everyone to stay hydrate. Your body is made up of 60% water, after all, so it is important to replenish the water that is lost throughout the day. Especially during pregnancy, dehydration can be very dangerous. Dehydration can make you dizzy, faint, increase your heart rate and blood pressure, and even land you in the hospital if you aren’t careful.
Besides avoiding dehydration, staying hydrated is good for you and your baby. The fluid in your body is how nutrients are absorbed and transferred to your baby. Fluid is also how waste and toxins are eliminated from your system.
Easy Tips To Stay Hydrated During Pregnancy
Okay, this tip seems obvious, but the very best way to keep yourself hydrated is to drink plenty of fluids.
Water: Water, of course, is the best and most obvious option for hydrating your body (and baby). To encourage yourself to drink more water, carry a refreshing glass of ice water around with you when you are home or in the office. When you are out and about, keep a bottle of water with you at all times and take sips whenever you get a chance.
Spruced Up Water: If you don’t like the taste of plain water or are just craving some flavor, spruce up your water with some super simple and tasty “spa water” tricks. Add some cucumber slices and mint leaves to a pitcher of water and let it sit for a few minutes before drinking. Also try citrus fruit like orange slices, and fresh raspberries. The possibilities here are endless, and it’s a great way to encourage yourself to drink more water.
Green Tea: Sitting down with a nice hot cup of decaffeinated green tea with lemon and honey is about as relaxing as it gets, not to mention a great antioxidant boost and a great way to hydrate. Craving something chilled? Try a glass of iced green tea for a refreshing twist on a warm classic.
Juice: While you certainly want to watch your sugar intake, juice can be hydrating as well. If it’s the flavor you’re after, consider diluting your juice to cut down on the sugar.
Milk: When it’s hydration you’re after, just about anything wet counts. A frosty glass of regular milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or whatever it is that you prefer works like a charm and you even get a few grams of protein out of it.
Fruits and Vegetables
The foods you eat can help keep you hydrated as well. Raw fruits and vegetables have especially good fluid content. One over-achieving example is watermelon, which is 90% water (and delicious). Other great choices are apples, peaches, cucumbers, carrots, and grapes.
Keeping hydrated is part of a healthy pregnancy. To stay healthy and help stave off that dreaded bloat, drink plenty of fluids. These tips should help you stay hydrated during pregnancy. Click here for more tips.