Staying hydrated is at the top of most “Staying Healthy While Pregnant & Nursing” lists, and rightly so. Over 70% of the human body is comprised of this life giving liquid, which aids in some of our body’s most essential bodily functions, especially while nursing or pregnant.
Water helps dissolve the nutrients your body intakes, helps regulate body temperature, and carries oxygen to your body’s cells. Water also helps with your skin elasticity (say no to stretch marks), keeps your digestive tract moving, reduces bloating, and supports your liver and kidney functions to help rid your body of toxins.
Increasing your water intake also helps your body produce energy – which is much needed in your first and third trimesters, as well as during your first few months as a new mom.
How do you know if you’re getting enough? Pale yellow urine is usually a sure sign you are on track with your hydration. If you’re noticing a strong yellow or amber color, grab a glass and drink up.
Here are a few simple ways to keep up with your hydration and enjoy all the benefits that go with it:
Keep it by your side. Keep it measured.
Always have water by your side and never leave home without it. Pre-fill a pitcher of water with 8-12 glasses of the good stuff and finish it daily. Memory is not a feature enhanced with pregnancy so why not make it easy on yourself.
Enjoy hydrating foods.
Eat your way to better hydration. Celery, citrus fruits, cucumber, radishes, tomatoes, green peppers, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, strawberries, broccoli and carrots are whole foods containing H2O.
Steer clear of excesses sodium.
Processed foods are often loaded with sodium, especially premade sauces, soups and dressings. Always choose “low sodium” options or make your own from scratch. When cooking at home, be sure to add salt to taste (you can usually cut the sodium in any given recipe by half) and add a squeeze of lemon to give food an extra pop.
Cut back on the sugary drinks & caffeine.
Make a homemade ginger tea sweetened with honey or enjoy a glass of coconut water. If you’re a soda junkie, try getting your fix by combining seltzer and orange juice.
Make drinking FUN!
Why should kids have all the fun? From playful straws and water flavored with fresh cut fruit and herbs to adding some bubbles to the mix with sparkling water (aka seltzer), be creative and make drinking the good stuff a bit more interesting!
Kristen Bocanegra is the owner and chef of momme meals, an organic food company providing delicious and nutritionally balanced meals and snacks for moms and their growing families.
For more information on foods that are great for pregnant and nursing moms as well as seasonal whole food recipes, check out the momme meals blog.
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