Today’s post is about Hydration. However, I first want to leave you with a few recent pregnancy photos! These are from 27 weeks (I’m 29 weeks now).
This next one is with our first gift for our baby, stuffed animals!
Now onto business: Hydration
Water is an essential nutrient, meaning that we cannot survive without it.
I’ve told you about the role of water in this post here, but I’ll recap why our bodies require fluid:
- Dissolves & transports substances throughout the body
- Accounts for blood volume
- Regulates body temperature
- Protects & lubricates our tissues
In pregnancy it also acts as a cushion for your baby and helps protect him/her! The chance of preterm labor may be exacerbated by dehydration. Everyone is different, but you should try to consume a minimum of 10 glasses of fluid each day. It does not need to be solely water, however, it is important to watch how much sugar you consume. I recommend getting the majority of your fluid from:
- Fat free or low fat milk
- 100% juice (if you can use the extra calories)
- Decaf tea or coffee
Keep a bottle of water on you all the time! I’m a big water drinker, and find myself so much thirstier than I ever could have imagined. Look at your urine color to determine your hydration status, it should be a pale yellow. If it is dark yellow, keep drinking! Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about getting adequate fluids.
Are you drinking enough water? Do you have trouble drinking water because you hate it or just forget?