What Water Can Do For Your Baby
You’re 75% water, and that means your baby is too. Not only do you want to keep that percentage up for yourself, but the amount of water you drink directly affects the volume of amniotic fluid surrounding you baby. You should be drinking eight cups of water every day and we have some tips to help you get there.
Meet Your Body’s (and Your Baby’s) Needs
Your body is smart, but there are things it can’t communicate. Your body only exhibits signs of necessity after it needs the thing it’s asking for. So when you feel thirsty, that’s your body telling you that it needed water a few hours ago. That’s why it’s so important to turn drinking water into a habit. Set a reminder on your phone or write it on your calendar—whatever will work for you.
When to Drink Water While Pregnant
Anything you’re trying to make a habit of is best started in the morning—the earlier you start, the less you’ll have to make up for later. If you need coffee first thing in the morning, start filling you mug with water first. After you drink that (or two!) you can have your coffee.
It’s also important to consider that, when you wake up in the morning, you just went six to eight hours without drinking any water. Keeping hydrated while you sleep is also great for your immune system! Overnight is when your body rejuvenates, repairs, and replenishes. Make sure your baby is getting that immune boost by drinking water before bed.
Drinking water with meals is one of the easiest ways to introduce more water into your daily routine. Swap out that soda at dinner for a big glass of water—you’ll eventually stop craving the sugary drinks, plus water tastes good with almost any food!
How to Drink Water While Pregnant
No one has time to just drink water all day. You’ll have to weave it into your daily routine. Aside from having water with your meals, you can carry a water bottle with you everywhere—sip from it while reading emails at your desk, while you’re sitting at a stoplight or take it with you on a walk.
In the summer you want to keep yourself cool and quenched, so remembering to drink water is a little easier. In the winter you may have to try a little harder—if you find yourself craving a warm drink, try a steaming hot cup of water with lemon. You’ll feel cozy and hydrated, and the lemon is great for fighting those winter colds.
One final tip: you can eat a lot of your water too! On average, the fruits and veggies you eat are about 90% water. Make a fruit smoothie in the morning and get a few cups of water, plus all of the vitamins your ingredients provide. It’s a great way to compensate if you’re tired of gulping down plain water, but you should still try to drink eight cups a day.
For info on how and where to get the best water, contact Water Way.