Congratulations! You’re pregnant and whether it’s your first or 7th, every pregnancy is new and exciting! There are so many things to consider from picking an OB-GYN or Midwife, hospital or home birth, what birth classes to take, cord clamping no cord clamping, the list goes on and on. On top of all the decisions, there are a gazillion of pregnancy and parent books out there. To narrow it down, I'm going to share my top 5 tips for a happy and healthy pregnancy through a series of blogs in the next few weeks. The first one starting with water, water, water!
Tip #1: Rethink Hydration!
Often water gets overlooked in pregnancy when it’s actually very important. Did you know on average you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces in water? So if you weigh 120 lbs, you should be drinking 60oz of water a day! Now when you’re pregnant, you should be drinking that PLUS 8oz! Most of the time women forget that as you get further along in pregnancy, you have to increase that water amount because you’re growing and gaining. Making sure you stay properly hydrated in pregnancy keeps your amniotic fluid levels up for baby cause they’re directly correlated. Not only that but drinking enough water allows your hormones to go where they need to go. It improves kidney, liver, and cell function. It also prepares the body for breast milk production and flow! The easiest way to get a start is drinking 16oz of water in the morning. It helps with mental clarity and gives you energy for the day! You can even add a squeeze of lemon or lime to taste to give you extra gel water and electrolytes.
Do you ever feel like you drink water like a fish and still feel dehydrated? Or you drink so much water that you can’t even hold your pee for more than an hour? If you can’t hold your urine in for at least an hour, you’re probably missing some electrolytes. Then if you feel dehydrated even though you drink like a fish, you’re probably not getting enough gel water. Gel water is a concept discovered By Dr. Gerald Pollack, find out more in his book The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid and Vapor. Basically, gel water is identified by having an extra hydrogen and oxygen atom (H3O2). Gel water is what’s in our joints, collagen (which our fascia is made of) and our cells! I can talk all day about fascia but the more we move through exercise the more gel water is being pumped through our body through fascia. We always hear about collagen and the skin and how our skin is a good sign of hydration or dehydration and Dr. Pollack found out why. Our collagen is actually full of gel water! Ways you can get gel water is by eating fruits and vegetables because they’re full of gel water themselves. Drinking coconut water or adding a pinch of Himalayan salt to water gets you more electrolytes. You can also add lime to water, chia seeds to smoothies and making your own bone broth! Cooking with coconut oil or ghee also helps gets you more gel water and electrolytes.
These are all ways to keep you more hydrated without drinking more water. It’s not to replace water completely but if you get enough gel water and good sources of it, you won’t have to drink as much water. I hope you enjoyed this blog and learned something new. As always feel free to contact us for more information or questions. Keep a look for our follow up video for signs of dehydration on Facebook!