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Healthy Hydration for Mom and Baby

Healthy Hydration for Mom and Baby

It is important to drink a lot of water if you're pregnant or a new mom. While different types of beverages and foods provide fluid, there's good reason to drink water. It has no calories or caffeine and helps prevent fatigue, constipation, hemorrhoids and urinary tract infections both during and after pregnancy. Good hydration also helps prevent premature contractions. Here are some tips to help increase your water intake:

  • Carry a water container with you and sip throughout the day
  • Squeeze in some fresh lemon, lime or a little juice
  • Add a sprig of mint or some frozen fruit slices such as a kiwi or orange
  • Eat high water content foods like lettuce, grapefruit, watermelon and milk
  • Pay attention to urine – it should be very pale or colorless
  • If you’re concerned about your water quality, buy bottled water, install a water filter or boil water before drinking

Good hydration is also essential for breast-feeding. Babies get all the hydration they need from either breast milk or formula for the first six months of life. If your baby is formula fed, mix formula with a trusted source of water, like Nursery®. It also can be used to mix cereal and dilute juices.