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Staying Well Hydrated During Pregnancy


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Throughout pregnancy, it is crucial to stay well hydrated. For most Americans at least, this is a challenge even when not being taxed by a growing baby in the womb. Watch the short video below to understand the basics about staying hydrated during pregnancy.





I've written a longer, more detailed break of the pregnancy nutrients & hydration levels needed and ideas for how to budget for healthy foods. Check that out here. For this article, I want to focus on the quicker tips, tricks, and recommendations I frequently speak to doula and birth photography clients about regarding staying hydrated.



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Considering the climate in Southern California is usually dry and warm, the risk of dehydration is near-constant. Being underhydrated during pregnancy can have several risks for both parties, birther and baby. Dehydration can lead to muscle tightening (aka contractions of the uterus), preterm labor, and low amniotic fluid. It can also cause fatigue, dizziness, and other complications for the mother. It is important for pregnant people to drink enough fluids, especially water, to stay hydrated. This is because the body's fluid needs increase due to increased blood volume for uterine and fetal growth. It is generally recommended that pregnant folks drink at least 8-12 cups (64-96 ounces) of fluids per day. It is also important to pay attention to thirst and drink fluids as needed. If you are concerned about your hydration status during pregnancy, you should talk to your healthcare provider.



Body Armor Lyte:


This recommendation for a pregnancy hydration booster comes from a past client who stood on her feet all day for work as a hair stylist. She couldn't take bathroom breaks as often as others (which we all know is frequent as heck by the time third trimester pregnancy hits), so she'd drink less but then feel terrible by the end of the day. Until she found this gem of a product. As a doula and birth photographer, I'm always listening for these first-hand recommendations from pregnant or postpartum clients because they usually work the best and have already been vetted by those whose opinions matter most to me!



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I was excited to learn about this coconut water-based option that comes in multiple flavors. It's also the perfect low-sugar drink for my clients with gestational diabetes. My personal favorites are the Blueberry Pomegranate and the Strawberry Lemonade flavors, though all the flavors have been more than tolerable. I will caution folks interested though that any coconut water-based product has a chance to be a bit funky once in a while. While my spouse doesn't mind when this happens with Body Armor drinks, I personally get icked out and have to pass on it if the taste when opened is hitting wrong. This may just be me, and I will say it's not common, but be forewarned in case your taste buds are picky like mine!





Bone Broth:

This one is not for the vegetarian or vegan pregnant folks, but for the omnivores out there interested in boosting collagen, protein, and hydration all at once? Bone broth could be the ticket. Bone broth is a liquid made by simmering bones and connective tissue in water for an extended period of time. It is believed to have a number of health benefits due to its high collagen content, which can help support skin, hair, and nail health. Bone broth is also a good source of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which are important for maintaining strong bones-this is especially important during pregnancy as you're literally growing bones!


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Bone broth has a long history of use in many cultures around the world, including in Asia. In some Asian countries, bone broth is commonly made with chicken, beef, or pork bones, and it is often used as a base for soups and stews. In addition to a nutrition source, bone broth is often used, especially with garlic or ginger added, as a natural remedy for colds and other ailments. While pregnant, the immune system is suppressed




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In traditional Chinese medicine, bone broth is often recommended for its nourishing properties and is believed to help support the digestive system. In Korea, a popular dish called "samgyetang" is made with a whole young chicken stuffed with rice and ginseng, and cooked in a broth made from chicken bones. This dish is traditionally eaten during the hot summer months to help replenish the body's energy and nutrients.






In Japan, a type of bone broth called "osuimono" is commonly made with fish or shellfish bones and is used as a base for light soups and clear broths. It is believed to be particularly beneficial for digestion and is often served as a palate cleanser between courses of a multi-course meal.




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I was also taught in midwifery school that collagen should be a part of a daily diet for healthy skin and soft tissues like the perineum, which can tear during the pushing stage of birth. Finally, many past doula clients have cited bone broth as THE thing that got them through first-trimester morning sickness as protein intake can directly combat nausea.