As I’m sure you know by now hydration in pregnancy, labor and postpartum is so important. One good way to keep track of how much water you should be drinking is this:
1/2 your weight=total ounces of water per day (as a minimum)
I’ve really been trying to practice what I preach and stay hydrated myself, but I’m getting sick of just plain water, so I’ve been mixing it up and now my revamped water feels like a little treat.
The latest concoction I made was this:
Ingredients: 4 C. Cold Water 1 Medium Lemon, Half Juiced & Half Sliced 1/2 C. Fresh Fruit (I used Strawberries, Blackberries, and Pomegranate.) 1 Tbsp. Honey 2 Tsp. Chia Seeds
Directions: Fill a large container with water. Add all of the ingredients and give it a good shake.
Citrus fruits are always great in water…I’ve been enjoying lime, lemon & orange combined together. I recently found these water bottles that make it super convenient for juicing your citrus in the bottle without a mess. Citrus Zinger Water Bottle
Cucumber Water: It’s so simple, yet so refreshing!
Warm lemon water: Again, it’s so simple, but has so many benefits. I drink it first thing in the morning to help with digestion
Pineapple – mint – ginger: Mix it up with fruit and herbs. This blend is great for nausea
Herbs: I’m a huge fan of rosemary and sage and have started putting them in my water. Lemon & rosemary, blueberry & basil, strawberry & mint are all great combos.
Ice Cubes: Something else you can do is put berries in your ice cube trays with a little water. That way, after the ice melts, you have some cold fruit to snack on. This would be great for labor.
Kiersten Markham, PPNE