How to Stay Hydrated During Pregnancy
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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: