6 tips for staying hydrated through a summer pregnancy
Staying hydrated is always a good thing – especially when you’re hydrating for two. Your body needs enough water to make amniotic fluid, increase blood volume, build new tissue, carry nutrients, help with digestion and keep other things moving smoothly.
Whether a few weeks or a few months into your pregnancy, most moms will notice a natural increase in thirst. How much do you need? A good starting point would be to aim for 10 cups of fluids per day. Exercise or heat may increase your need.
How do you know if you’ve hydrated enough? In general, if you’re drinking (and eating) enough water so that your thirst is quenched and your urine is colorless or light yellow, you are probably doing a great job!
Here are a few ideas for boosting your hydration this summer:
Drink Water (duh)
Well, when you want to hydrate, drink water! If plain water gets boring, add in a little something extra to make it interesting: squeeze in a lemon, add slices of cucumber or fresh fruit, or muddle in some fresh herbs like mint or basil.
Have A Popsicle!
It’s hot out so don’t just hydrate, cool off too. Make it a healthy treat by not falling for popsicles laden with added sugar. Instead, consider making your own by freezing real fruit juice mixed with sparkling water.
With high-water content (86% plus!) these are just some of the great fruits that make it an easy – and tasty – way to eat your water: apples, cantaloupe, grapefruit, honeydew melon, lemons, nectarines, oranges, papaya, pineapple, plums, strawberries and watermelon.
Make It A Mocktail
Summer may have others enjoying a poolside cocktail but being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t join them. Make it a hydration boost with an alcohol-free mocktail. Put it in a fancy glass and garnish it with fresh fruit to freshen up your summer hydration!
Consider Kicking The Caffeine
Not only is caffeine a stimulant that increases both your heart rate and your blood pressure, caffeine is a diuretic that promotes the passage of urine and works against your goal to hydrate. Consider trading your caffeinated tea and coffee consumption for iced herbal tea or other caffeine-free beverages.
Soup There It Is
OK, hot soup on a hotter day may not sound appealing but there are lots of cooling (and hydrating!) summer soup options you may not have considered. Swap out a heavy winter stew for a refreshing chilled cucumber, melon or other cold vegetable soup that is not just cooling and hydrating but nutritious too.