The 5 Best Things to Drink While Pregnant

When you are pregnant your body requires additional fluids because your blood volume is increasing with each trimester. Your baby also needs ample fluid to live and develop within in its prenatal amniotic environment inside the womb.

 

To meet your body’s growing needs, you must increase your fluid consumption dramatically while keeping in mind that what you drink during pregnancy has a direct impact on your baby’s development and your overall health.

Fluids May Help Prevent Morning Sickness

Around half to two-thirds of all pregnant women will experience varying degrees of morning sickness, according to the State Government of Victoria’s Health Channel.

Morning sickness is the bane of many first trimester pregnancies and there is nothing more miserable than feeling nauseous and vomiting. One of the best ways to battle morning sickness is to amp up your fluid intake.

If you have severe vomiting, dehydration can occur quickly if you are not drinking enough electrolytes to replace what you are voiding. In severe cases, it is not uncommon to have to receive intravenous fluids to replace what your body has lost.

Dehydration is Dangerous During Pregnancy

Dehydration during pregnancy is a serious health danger that can lead to numerous problems.

  • Miscarriage
  • Cramps
  • Neural Tube Defects
  • Low Amniotic Fluid
  • No Breast Milk Development
  • Premature Labor

Symptoms of Dehydration

During pregnancy, you can become dehydrated rapidly and not even realize it is occurring. This is especially true during warm summertime weather or after exercising.

Here are the two mains ways that you can tell if your body is becoming dehydrated.

Maternal Overheating. During pregnancy, your body requires more water to regulate its temperature. If your body’s cells are not hydrated, they can cause your body to start overheating. You will feel flushed, your skin becomes warm, you may sweat, and even feel faint.

Urine. Ideally, your urine should appear a clear, light yellow. If your urine is dark, then you may not be drinking enough fluids.

How Much Should You Drink?

Ideally, you should consume anywhere from one to two liters of fluid, which is about eight to twelve glasses, per day to meet your body’s growing needs. You can drink even more fluids if you are still thirsty.

However, never drink so much fluid that you feel bloated or sick to your stomach. It is possible to drink too much liquid and saturate your cells.

Caffeine and Dehydration

Many drinks, besides coffee, are laced with caffeine.

It is a common ingredient in sodas. Drinking caffeine during pregnancy often leads to dehydration because even if you are drinking more liquids, the caffeine causes the fluid to rapidly leave your body through urination.

As with anything in life, moderation is the key. You can enjoy a cup of coffee during pregnancy, but only in moderation. The American Pregnancy Association recommends that you consume less than 250 milligrams, which is equivalent to about one cup.

Water is Best During Pregnancy

For optimum hydration, it is best to quench your thirst with pure water but that can get boring. The chances are good that you want something a bit tastier to supplement with your daily water intake and there are healthy options besides sugar-laden sodas or caffeine drinks.

Best Drink Options During Pregnancy

Besides water, there are several other drink choices that you can safely enjoy during pregnancy.

Milk

Milk is rich is rich in calcium and vitamins. If you are lactose intolerant, then you might want to drink soy milk, almond milk, or cashew milk. Nestle Good Food, Good Life recommends milk as one of their top drink choices during pregnancy.

Things to Keep in Mind

Skim milk is an excellent milk option because it contains just as much calcium and vitamins as whole milk but without the fat. Lassi, kefir, and buttermilk are also ideal options. Milkshakes can also be created using fresh fruits.

Never drink unpasteurized milk because it could be very dangerous for you and your unborn baby. In severe cases, unpasteurized milk has been known to be fatal when consumed.

Who’s it Best for?

Milk is ideal for all pregnant women who do not suffer a lactose intolerance. Milk is readily available at all supermarkets, convenience stores, and online for a relatively cheap price.

Coconut Water

In recent years, coconut water has become a yummy alternative to plain water. Mom Junction recommends it as their second choice for top pregnancy drinks.

Things to Keep in Mind

Coconut water is low in calories and composed predominantly of simple water. However, it also offers a potassium, magnesium, cytokines, copper, and abundant antioxidants. It only has 42 calories per 240 grams.

Who’s it Best for?

If you are tired of drinking water, then you can opt to try coconut water for a taste change. It is relatively inexpensive and widely available online and at supermarkets.

Smoothies

Smoothies are a quick and easy taste indulgence. You can make them any way you want or buy them pre-made. Ideally, you should consume three to four servings of fresh fruit per day.  Healthy Mummy recommends nutritious fruit smoothies as one of their top pregnancy drink choices.

Things to Keep in Mind

Why not mix strawberries, blueberries, bananas, yogurt, and ice cubes together in a blender to create a nutrient packed smoothie that will not on hydrate you but also offers numerous vitamins.

Who’s it Best for?

Homemade smoothies can be a breakfast option or a quick and refreshing snack on the go. However, if you don’t want to get all the fresh ingredients together and blend it then you can purchase pre-made smoothies to keep in the fridge for a fast drink option.

Vegetable Juice

Vegetable juice is a great way to get your veggie vitamins and nutrients while enjoying a tasty beverage. During pregnancy, you need to consume four to five servings of vegetables per day. New-Kids Center recommends it as a beverage option during pregnancy.

Things to Keep in Mind

You can mix carrots, broccoli, avocados, tomatoes, or a variety of other veggies with a bit of ice and blend it all together to create a veggie juice smoothie. You can also purchase a juicer to quickly extract the nutrient-laden juice from veggies and create your own unique juice beverages.

Who’s it Best for For

Veggie juice is a wonderful addition to any meal or as a quick snack-on-the-go. You may also purchase pre-squeezed veggie juice at supermarkets or online. Just be careful to check the sodium levels because many commercial vegetable juices have excessive levels of sodium.

Lemonade

On a hot day, everyone enjoys a refreshing glass of lemonade. It is high in vitamin C and will readily satisfy your thirst. The Health Site recommends it as one of their top pregnancy beverage choices.

Things to Keep in Mind

Lemons are sour but you don’t need a lot of sugar to sweeten the drink. You can also add a slice of lime or a few mint leaves to spice it up and change its overall flavor.

Who’s it Best for?

Who doesn’t love freshly squeezed lemonade? However, if you don’t have time to squeeze your lemons and create the juice you can also opt to purchase already squeezed and bottled online or at a local supermarket. Ideally, you should purchase organic juice choices. Also check the sugar levels to make sure they are not excessive.

 

Sources
http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/dehydration-pregnancy/
https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-18146/7-more-reasons-to-drink-coconut-water.html
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-foods-to-avoid-during-pregnancy#section9
https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/pregnancy-morning-sickness
https://www.prenataluniverse.com/dehydration-proper-hydration-pregnancy/
https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000584.htm

 

Kimberly Sharpe

Based in Florida, Kimberly Sharpe has been a full-time writer since 2006. Her writing has a strong focus on travel, parenting, outdoor sports, gardening, health issues, pets (both domestic and exotic), home improvement, DIY, and business promos. Her work has appeared in USA Today, MORR Gear, Hipmunk, Travelocity, Livestrong, Hotels.com, Hydro Live, Maximum Yield, eHow, Yahoo News, SF Gate, Garden Guides, Whitefence, S.F. Gate, fixr.com, and numerous other publications. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, India, and Sri Lanka in an effort to expand her knowledge and enhance her writing skills.

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