If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you need to up your water intake significantly to stay hydrated. The Office on Women’s Health, a US based resource, recommends that pregnant women drink 10 cups (2.4 liters) and breastfeeding women drink 13 cups (3.1 liters) of fluids a day! Your body is working so much harder during pregnancy and breastfeeding and it’s essential to support those systems with extra fluids.
Keep in mind that water should be the main form of fluids you consume because it’s the purest form of hydration, readily available, inexpensive, and calorie-free, but we do still get water from other drinks too such as juices, herbal teas, and even milk and coffee provide additional hydration.
Water is the heavy-hitter here and a true necessity during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but if you’re looking for a little more flavor and still wanna keep it natural try adding these elements to your next glass of H2O:
- Lemon, lime, or orange slices
- Infuse it with cucumber slices
- Muddled berries like raspberries or strawberries
- Use sparkling water