How to Stay Hydrated During Pregnancy

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Water. It's not my favorite thing.

I know, I know. Our bodies are made of more than 60 percent of the stuff. It's good for our complexion and washing away toxins. It hydrates and gives life. But, I'm more of a Diet Coke, coffee, or iced tea person. Scratch that. I was that kind of person. Now that I'm pregnant with my second child, drinking water is even more important than ever. 

According to a recent article here on EverydayFamily, there are some guidelines to help you figure out how much water you need to take in each day:

  1. Your diet – A quarter of your water intake needs to come from food like raw veggies and fruit. If you're not getting enough, you need to increase your water intake or make sure you're getting these foods into your diet, stat.
  2. Your exercise routine – If you work out often and hard you'll lose more water via sweat and exertion, so drink up before and after the gym.
  3. Your drinking habits – Anytime you drink another liquid other than water, you're losing an opportunity to hydrate with the real deal. Make sure you alternate water between other liquids like coffee, juice, or tea.
  4. Your shade of pee – Yep, I said it. If your urine is dark, it means you aren't getting enough water. Aim for the lightest shade of yellow you can, then call it a day.

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In my quest for drinking more water, I've come up with a few helpful methods to ensure I meet my hydration goal, and they may just work for you as well:

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How to Stay Hydrated During Pregnancy

Christina Montoya Fiedler is a Los Angeles-based parenting writer, former publicist, dog lover, coffee drinker extraordinaire, and mom to an exuberant four-year-old boy. Follow her @cmf2009 and read her musings about being a stay at home mom on her blog, Mama to the Rescue. ... More

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8 comments

  1. verochka31 says:

    I can’t drink a lot of water plain. so I infuse my water with sliced cucs, lemon, lime, ginger and mint. love it and drink it by gallons. on occasion I add sliced orange.

  2. Amber says:

    I’ll throw a straw in my bottle/cup which makes it easy to sip bits and bits away.

  3. ann says:

    I use to drink water regularly, 8 glasses per day, sometimes more. Now it’s hard because i get very bad indigestion (nothings helps totally) and the more water i drink, the worst my indigestion gets. Any ideas how to solve this?

    • verochka31 says:

      try adding sliced cucumbers, lemon, sliced ginger root and mint to your water. its a good detox water and helps with indigestion. I usually take a pitcher add a sliced lemon, lime, small cuc, ginger and mint. let it all infuse for about an hour. drink up. fill a water bottle for on the go.

  4. I downloaded an app that reminds me to drink water 🙂

  5. I’ve never been a water drinker, I was very much reg pop drinker but I can easily commit to 100% fruit drinks. This is my first pregnancy(11 weeks along) and will def’ follow these tips and force myself to drink more water lol.

  6. ~Casey~ says:

    I carry a 24 oz camelbak always. It won’t leak so I can stash it in my purse. I aim to fill it 3 to 4 times a.day at least. Drink most early.in the day and least in the evening so you will not have to get up so often in the middle of the night.

  7. alemiro1422 says:

    This is very helpful. I used to drink a lot water as it is beforebi got pregnant. But now I could only drink water if its ice cold. If not I get heart burn. I know weird but its true

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