Top 5 hydration tips for pregnant women and their babies
Hydration is as important as a healthy diet for pregnant women and their to-be-born babies. Knowing that you should hydrate and implementing it into your daily life can be very different. So today, we would like to share with you 5 simple hydration tips for pregnant women.
Soothe your morning sickness by hydrating.
“You get used to it,” said no pregnant woman about morning sickness. That nauseous feeling, especially strong during the first trimester, is definitely not the best way to start a day. Studies show that dehydration can worsen morning sickness for to-be-mothers. If you find difficulty drinking water to ease the nauseousness, you may try adjusting the temperature to avoid the lukewarm range. You can also opt for a drink with a fresh scent, such as peppermint tea or ginger tea. This will hide the other scents that you’ve grown sensitive to due to rising levels of estrogen.
Control your coffee intake.
As we’ve explained in our previous blog “5 reasons why you should be drinking water for you and your baby”, too much caffeine is a big no-no during pregnancy. However, you don’t need to completely give up your coffee. According to WebMD, pregnant women are recommended to limit caffeine to 200mg a day, which is approximately equal to the amount in a mug of filter coffee. But remember, coffee is not the only source of caffeine. You may want to keep tabs on tea, carbonated drinks, chocolate, and more.
Keep track of how much water you are drinking.
That being said, the only way to ensure that you are drinking enough water is to keep track of how much water you are drinking. According to Nestlé Waters, waiting until you’re thirsty to drink water will not prevent you from experiencing the detrimental effects of mild dehydration. There are many ways to measure how much water you are consuming throughout the day. You can do this manually by counting glasses, but a smart water bottle can make the process much more convenient.
Consume water-rich foods to contribute to your hydration level.
I know I just said that water is the best source of hydration. But that doesn’t mean you should disregard healthy, nutritious, and hydrating fruits and vegetables like celery, watermelon, strawberries, and more! Of course, soups and stews can contribute too as long as you consider nutritional factors other than water content.
Don’t drink too much water at once.
Try to avoid becoming too ambitious and gulping down a liter of water before bed to reach your hydration goal. Not only can drinking too much water put pressure on the kidneys and cause water intoxication, but it can also cause a pregnant woman to feel uncomfortable due to bladder expansion and her growing baby.
Staying hydrated during pregnancy may be a challenge, especially with so many other things on your mind. With these 5 hydration tips in mind, you will be well on your way to hydration for you and your baby.