Here are some ways to stay on top of your fluid intake and avoid dehydration during pregnancy. Remember, your fluid intake includes more than just water; milk, juice, soup, and watery fruit like watermelons or cucumbers can all help you stay hydrated, too.
Make it a habit. When you make hydration part of your daily routine, you're more likely to stick with it. Try drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning, or set an alarm on your phone or calendar to remind you to drink throughout the day.
Use an app. There are a number of free or low-cost apps like Waterlogged and WaterMinder that can help you manage your fluid intake. Of course, you can also just use good old pen and paper.
Be a goal setter. Set a daily fluid goal for the day. Mark your water bottle with stickers or rubber bands to help you keep track of your progress.
Flavor it. It's best to stick with unsweetened beverages for the majority of your fluid intake. But if the idea of plain water doesn't excite you, you can infuse your water with fresh fruit or herbs for a subtle boost of flavor.
Along with eating well and staying active, adequate hydration is a key part of a healthy pregnancy. While it's easy to forget to drink water throughout the day, it's important to stay hydrated. If you experience symptoms of dehydration during pregnancy or are worried about your fluid intake, talk to your doctor.
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