Drink more water!
We hear it all the time during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, but why is it so important and why can’t we make ourselves drink more of it?
I go through stages of camel full vs desert dry myself. I know I feel better, have more energy and get sick less often when I’m properly hydrated but honestly, sometimes I simply just forget. Not to mention, the thought of taking even more trips to the bathroom while pregnant or while carting a baby around on your body is not a great selling point.
Ladies, we have to accept frequent pee stops as a way of life. It’s much too important to sacrifice.
(In case you are wondering, this is a legit sign that sits framed in my bathroom. I picked it up during a trip to Nepal. In many places throughout Asia, western toilets aren’t familiar and signs like this are essential. But don’t get me started on western toilets. I’ll save my “Squatty Potty” review for another day. I happen to have one of those in my bathroom as well. )
Here are some water facts to keep in mind for pregnant women, breastfeeding moms and all people in general.
- Water regulates our body temperature
- Water carries nutrients and oxygen to our cells
- Water cushions our joints
- Water protects our organs and tissues
- Water flushes waste from our body
- Water relieves symptoms of morning sickness, constipation, heartburn and indigestion
- Water lessens swelling and retention (the more your drink, the less you’ll retain)
- Dehydration can cause contractions and preterm labor
- Oral hydration can increase amniotic fluid
- Breast milk is 88% water so staying hydrated is essential for good lactation
Drinking more H2O is SOOOO important!
Drinking more water is the one thing I have to constantly remind my clients of. I won’t let them start a workout without a glass nearby and remind them to take sips throughout.
Some tips that may help:
- I find that using an app to track my intake helps. (I like Waterlogged)
- Carry a water bottle with you at ALL times. Seriously, don’t leave home without it and always keep it full.
- Spruce up the taste by dropping berries, orange slices, cucumber or lemon into your water.
- Drink a glass of water whenever you feel hungry or like you need to “munch” on something. Often, that’s our body’s way of telling us we are thirsty.
- Get into the habit of drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning.
- Set a reminder in your calendar or phone
- Find a “water buddy” and hold each other accountable throughout the day. Share a laugh every time you meet up in the bathroom. 😛
How do you know if you are drinking enough?
Is your urine bright yellow? Are you thirsty? Do you go through much of the day with a headache, muscle cramps or feeling fatigued? Yes, other things could be causing those symptoms but drinking more water is an immediate, easy and cheap way to potentially solve the problem. Very few of us actually drink enough water in a day, so chances are, you need more.
Try it for a week and see how you feel. Pop on over to instagram or facebook and tell me what changes you notice. And please share your secrets for remembering to drink more! I could use a few new tricks myself.
And if drinking more water isn’t your problem, but peeing yourself is, we’ll go into depth on that topic next week. We’ll be talking pelvic floor. 😉
Love & Leafy Greens,