Mama, you need a drink — of water that is. That age-old advice about drinking eight glasses of water a day is never more important than when you’re expecting. For starters, your baby’s body is mostly made up of fluids (just like yours), and will need more and more as your bundle grows. And, since baby-building is hard work, you’ll need to stay hydrated. But beyond keeping your little one healthy, drinking water during pregnancy opens up a whole world of benefits for moms-to-be: It will not only help rid both your bodies (yours and your baby’s) of toxins and waste, but it will also ease your pregnancy symptoms and prevent others from cropping up. For starters, filling up on fluids can relieve constipation and reduce excessive swelling (so yes, it will help you squeeze your feet back into your favorite pair of shoes). Plus, upping your water intake will lower your risk of urinary tract infections and preterm labor. And there’s a beauty benefit too — it’s great for your skin!
There’s only one catch: Water doesn’t always tickle your taste buds. And while it may be tempting to turn to thirst-quenching fruit juices and sodas, keep in mind that these beverages are loaded with sugar, which you’ll want to keep on the minimum for the sake of both your and your baby-to-be’s health. Thankfully, there are tons of tasty options that are better for your bodies. For one, milk will ramp up your much-needed calcium intake, and it’s comprised of two-thirds water. Or opt for fruit juice concentrates, such as white grape and apple, which are made with nutritious ingredients like whole-grain flour and healthy fats (mix with water to drink or add to recipes for extra sweetness). You could also make a half fruit juice, half sparkling water concoction to prevent you from guzzling down too many calories — not to mention it’s a healthier variation of soda. Just be sure that any juice you drink is fully pasteurized (unpasteurized beverages may be contaminated with non-pregnancy friendly listeria). If it doesn’t say so on the label, avoid it.
Looking for some more creative quenchers? Keep clicking through to find sensational smoothie recipes and variations on your favorite “adult” drinks (perfect for parties — or for pretending that you’re sipping something alcoholic if you’re keeping your pregnancy a surprise).
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