Planet Earth is making new records every year with maximum temperatures on a constant high. This makes it very important for moms to keep hydrated this summer. Pregnancy and post delivery are two periods when the mother’s body requires the most energy. So make sure you stay hydrated this summer by following the tips given below.
1. Drink water all. the. time.
To state the obvious, drinking water is of utmost importance to give your body all the essential minerals and fluids that it requires. Although, it is advisable to consume at least 1-2 liters of water per day. Our body requires small servings of water at frequent intervals. So plan a routine where you have at least two-three gulps of water, every 15 to 20 minutes. And if you don’t remember, there is no need to worry. There are many apps, such as Daily Water and iDrated, that send you a reminder to drink water. So just choose the setting in your app according to your convenience and you are good to go.
Fruits have about 70% water content in them and you have the option choosing your favorite to consume. Fruits not only hydrate but also rejuvenate skin and prevent sagging. Substituting coconut water and fruit juices in place of cold drinks will keep you healthy and energized. This, in turn, will also have positive effects on your baby’s health
3. Avoid your extra cup of coffee
While it is absolutely necessary for some people to have their morning cup of coffee, it is advisable to avoid any extra caffeine intake during summers. Caffeine is diuretic, which makes your body lose fluids faster due to increased urine production. So try replacing your coffee with two glasses of water instead. Switching to pregnancy-friendly herbal teas is an alternate solution to your afternoon pick-me-up.
4. Ingest salt
Salt helps your body hold on to water where it would have been lost. It brings water from your intestine back to the bloodstream while simultaneously helping your kidneys in holding on to water. Foods such as saltine crackers (especially if you’re in the early months of pregnancy) and low-sodium chips will help you retain your body fluids
5. Incorporate soups in your diet
Soups are the best way to incorporate fiber-rich vegetables, carbohydrates and protein into your diet all at once. Since the base of most soups is water, their consumption is an excellent way to stay hydrated.
6. Avoid unnecessary physical exertions
It is necessary to exercise to a certain extent during pregnancy to stay fit, but care should be taken that any kind of unnecessary physical exertion is avoided in order to prevent water loss from the body. Make sure you don’t spend too much time under the sun. Post-pregnancy, it is advisable to stay indoors and away from the hot sun in order to prevent water loss, which may create further problems with breast milk.
7. Try electrolyte popsicles and humidifiers
Electrolyte popsicles give you all the hydration you require to keep away from extreme dehydration. They are loaded with essential electrolytes, which can be a welcome change from your regular pregnancy or post-pregnancy medications. Humidifiers, on the other hand, help keep your eye and nasal passages moisturized. They allow you to set the humidity level in your room based on the current air flow. So this summer, stay healthy, stay hydrated!